The Time is Now to Get Back-to-School Vaccinations (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw

July 31, 2013 Updated Aug 2, 2013 at 11:03 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) – For most children in Fort Wayne, we are only three weeks away from the start of the school year, which means time is running out to get your kids vaccinated.

This year the Indiana State Department of Health is mandating that all students grade K-12 have at least two records of valid doses of the chicken pox vaccine.

Each grade level has different vaccine requirements, so the best way to ensure you are getting the correct vaccines is to call your family doctor, or the Allen County Health Department.

"For a lot of kids this is a great time before they start school get their "well child check,’" says Dr. Deborah McMahan, “that's a great time to get the vaccines to find out what you need. Sports physicals (are) another opportunity to figure out what you need. So this is that time of year when it's probably good to check in with the family doctor and the dentist and just make sure you have everything you need to really start the school year healthy and vaccinated."

Dr. McMahan says having the required 2 chicken pox vaccines helps kids become 98-percent immune to the virus.

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