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New Immunization Requirements for Students Take Effect This Fall in Md.

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SNOW HILL, Md. – Beginning this fall, new immunization requirements will take effect for students entering kindergarten and seventh grade in Maryland.

Kindergarteners will need to have proof of two varicella vaccinations, while seventh graders will need to have proof of one Tdap (Tetanus-diphtheria-attenuated pertussis) and one meningococcal (Menactra or Menomune) vaccination, in addition to the previously required vaccines.

Students who are not appropriately immunized risk exclusion from school.

Immunizations are vital in protecting children from potentially serious diseases, health officials said.

Parents of students entering kindergarten and seventh grade are encouraged to contact their child's doctor now to make sure immunizations are up-to-date with these requirements and to schedule an appointment for vaccines if needed.

The Worcester County Health Department will be offering three immunization clinics to help students who do not have a doctor or an insurance plan that covers immunizations. Clinic times are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; dates and locations are listed below. Appointments are encouraged but not required.

Thursday, Sept. 11

400-A Walnut Street, Pocomoke, (410) 957-2005

Friday, Sept. 12

6040 Public Landing Road, Snow Hill, (410) 632-1100

Monday, Sept. 15

9730 Healthway Drive, Berlin, (410) 629-0164

For more information visit the Worcester County Health Department's website at www.worcesterhealth.org or call 410-632-1100.

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