State immunization changes go into effect in July

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ATLANTA – Beginning July 2014, Georgia’s immunization requirements for children attending seventh grade have been revised.

Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, seventh-graders and new entrants into Georgia schools in eighth through 12th grades will be required to have Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) and MCV (meningococcal conjugate) vaccines prior to entering school.

Parents are asked to plan to have their child vaccinated in advance of the start of the new school year. Seventh-grade students for the 2014-15 school year will not receive class schedules unless they have these vaccines. For additional questions, please contact your school nurse.