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State has stringent immunization requirements for students

The summer has flown by and parents and students are once again preparing for another school year to begin. Along with shopping for new clothes and school supplies, it’s time to make sure that all students have the required immunizations deemed necessary by the State of Tennessee.
Children who are enrolling in Tennessee’s schools for the first time and rising 7th graders must provide a state immunization certificate that shows they have received the required shots and are fully protected from a lengthy list of diseases. For students entering a childcare facility, pre-school or pre-kindergarten, proof must be provided the following vaccinations were received by the time the child was 18 months old: Diptheria-Tetanus-Pertussis, Poliomyelitis, (polio) one shot of Measles, Mumps and Rubella, (MMR) one shot of Varicella, (chickenpox), Haemophilus influenza type B (or Hib), Hepatitis B, one dose of Hepatitis A. A pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is also required against the bacteria that causes meningitis and both blood and ear infections. For children beginning kindergarten, they must submit proof of vaccinations against Diptheria-Tetanus-Pertussis, Hepatitis B, two shots of Measles, Mumps and Rubella, a final polio vaccine on or after their fourth birthday, two doses of the chicken pox vaccine and two doses of Hepatitis A. A second vaccine for Hepatitis A must be given at least six months from the date of the first immunization.
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