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Student vaccine requirements discussed during Health Department meeting

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The Kanawha Charleston Health Department discussed numerous topics, but one that applies to all families in our region is has to do with the upcoming school year. 

"Communicable diseases used to be the leading cause for many people, including children, immunizations have basically put a stop to that," said Brenda Issac, the heath board president.  
Immunizations, in recent years, have been debatable for some, but what's not debatable is that many are mandated.  

Board members discussed the current requirements for students.

They also discussed how some family doctors in our region are not aware of the new mandates.  In turn, sending some students to school without the proper immunizations.

Isaac said, "Up until last year, we didn't mandate immunizations after students left kindergarten."

But now, they do.  

The diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis boosters, also known as DtaP, along with the meningococcal vaccine is required before entering the 7th grade.  

Students enter the 12th grade are required to show proof of the DtaP boosters, and at least have one dose of the meningococcal vaccine given after their 16th birthday.

"There are requirements for younger kids too, and those haven't changed." Isaac said. 

The Kanawha Charleston Health Department is holding the following walk-in clinic dates for Kindergarten-College.

August 7: 8:00 a.m. - 7 p.m.
August 8: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
August 9: 8:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.
August 12: 8:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.
August 13: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

Parents and guardians are asked to bring all vaccination records to the clinic.