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Del. Vaccination Season Under Way

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LEWES, Del.- The next few weeks is the prime time for children to head to the doctor to get their immunizations in time for the school year.

In Delaware, students are required to be vaccinated for measles, hepatitis and tetanus. However, by next fall, without meningococcal and TDAP vaccines - which are currently just recommended by the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services  - students will not be allowed to enter the ninth grade. By 2020, every high school student will have been vaccinated for all of the aforementioned viruses.  

Kelly Serpico, a mother of two elementary school children and a baby on the way, said she brings her kids every year to get their check-ups and receive vaccines.

"I know the benefits outweigh the risks in vaccinations and so I've always just gone along with what the doctor recommends and gotten all the vaccinations that they needed," she explained. 

Over the past few years, there's been lots of controversy about the possible negative side effects of vaccinations, but regardless of one's opinion on the matter, if a child doesn't get certain ones, they cannot go to public school.

Dr. Nihar Gala of Got-A-Doc in Lewes, said it's better for everyone that these vaccinations are required.

"It's safe, it's better to do it," he said. "You probably have a worse chance of getting hit by lightning then catching something from a vaccine and if if that happens then there's ways to treat it."

Doctors also recommend getting a physical before the new school year to prepare for sports and physical education.

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