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Doctors stress the importance of getting vaccinated

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With August being National Immunization Month, now is the time for your kids to get the required vaccines.

Pediatrician Sarah Hall says kindergarten shots include the measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, polio and tetanus shots. Hall also says the next round of shots is a tetanus booster and meningitis vaccine for middle school students before going into 7th grade.

As for high school students, Hall says they're required to get a senior shot, which is a meningitis booster, and that most colleges require the meningitis series to be completed.

When it comes to vaccines, the benefits far exceed the risks says Hall.

"The adverse effects of the illness that we're protecting from by giving the vaccines are far worse than any risk or association with developmental disorders, autism or other disorders that we're worried about."