Kindergartners, Seniors Need New Shots Before School

By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

July 28, 2014 Updated Jul 28, 2014 at 11:13 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Other than new clothes, backpacks, and school supplies, parents need to make sure students are equipped with vaccines and immunization shots.

For the 2014-15 school year, the Indiana State Health Department has issued some new shots for kindergartners and incoming high school seniors.

Added to the long list of shots for kindergartners is the Hepatitis A shot. It's a two-phase shot that requires one before school and another six months later.

High school seniors must now get a second Meningitis shot. Health officials claim the meningitis shot given in 6th grade wears off by the end of high school, and recent outbreaks on U.S. college campuses are a motivation behind the new requirement.

To find out what shots your child needs, or a record of their shots, click on “School Shots” under News Links on our homepage.

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