Parents advised on rules for shots

New immunization requirements for school-aged children have local health officials worried some kids may not have all the right vaccinations before school starts in the fall.

The Indiana Department of Health has issued new vaccination guidelines for the 2014-15 school year that require all incoming kindergarten students to receive two doses of hepatitis A vaccine and most high school seniors to get a booster shot for meningitis.

Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease that often is spread through consumption of unsafe food and water. Meningitis is mostly caused by a viral infection, but it also can result from bacterial and fungal infections.

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