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July 17, 2014

Children need to have vaccinations up to date

FAIRMONT — Though it may seem that summer has just arrived, school will soon be starting up again. Parents whose children are entering kindergarten, seventh or eighth grade, or who have moved to the county from out of state, should start thinking about making a doctor's appointment to fulfill school immunization requirements.

Children who are entering a West Virginia school for the first time for kindergarten through grade 12 must show proof of having received the DTaP, polio, MMR, chickenpox and hepatitis B vaccines. Seventh graders must show proof of receiving the Tdap and a dose of the meningitis vaccine. Twelfth graders must show proof of receiving the Tdap and a second dose of the meningitis vaccine if their first dose was given before their sixteenth birthday.

Jeff Neccuzi, director of immunization services, said that parents should start making appointments with their doctors now.

"Pediatricians and family practice doctors get very busy this time of year," Neccuzi said. "If you wait too long to get an appointment for your child, you might not get one in time."

Find the full story in Friday's Times West Virginian, available at newsstands or through home delivery by calling 304-367-2525 or 304-367-2527.

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