The start of the new school means it’s time for parents to make sure their children have all the necessary vaccinations required before their children can attend school.
This year in Missouri there are two new vaccination requirements.
According to Mid-America Immunization Coalition, children entering kindergarten must have a second dose of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine. The only exception is for children who present a signed physician’s statement documenting that the child has had chicken pox.
The second new required vaccination is Missouri is the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis). For the first time, the Tdap will be required for all incoming 8th grade students.
The Mid-America Immunization Coalition has a shot schedule listed by grade.
In Kansas all students are required to have 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine.
Kansas students have to have 2 doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine before entering school, or a physician’s statement that the child has already had chicken pox.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has information on required vaccines for each grade level.
In Kansas and Missouri, the only way for parents to opt out of having their children vaccinated is for religious or medical reasons. Opt out forms must be completed in advance by parents. There is no way to opt out simply because a parent does not want their child to be vaccinated.
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