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Get ready: new vaccinations required for 2009-2010 school year

March 9, 2009

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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is requiring new vaccinations for students for the 2009-2010 school year. They are:

• Kindergartners need two doses of the varicella, or chickenpox, vaccine instead of one.

• Students in sixth through ninth grades need one dose of varicella. This wasn’t required last year. If a student has had chickenpox, the school needs documentation from a licensed physician, not just a parent. If the school already has documentation from a parent, that is acceptable.

• Students in sixth through ninth grades need three doses of hepatitis B; it wasn’t required last year.

• East Heights Early Childhood Education students need two doses of hepatitis A. They didn’t need any last year.

• Eleven-year-old children need a diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis booster. That wasn’t required last year.

For more information about the new requirements, contact the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department clinic at 843-0721. Information about the required immunizations can be found online at kdheks.gov/immunize/schoolInfo.htm.

Comments

doyourhomework 5 years, 9 months ago

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment website, in 2007 incidents for chickenpox and Hepatitis B are:

586 cases of chickenpox were reported with the majority falling in the 5-14 age-group. No deaths reported. Kansas has a population of about 2.7 million. Do the math and you will find that 0.0002% of the population contracted the chickenpox.

9 cases of acute hepatitis B were reported with all being in the age-group between 27-87.

1 case of perinatal hepatitis B was reported--the first since 2004.

My children have all been vaccinated, but there simply isn't enough evidence for me to continue to do so. I'm sick of government intervention and being held hostage by the school district. Kansas needs to add another exemption: philosophical, to the two they already accept (medical and religious).

tolawdjk 5 years, 9 months ago

Hep B can be an STD, but not strictly so. besides the standard blood vectors, I believe Hep B can be transmitted via saliva as this is the predominate way of transfer amongst family members.

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