State wants kids to get increased vaccinations

All Jackson County students in kindergarten through 12th grade will need a second dose of the chicken pox vaccine or proof they’ve had the disease as part of new state immunization requirements that take effect next school year.

The Indiana State Department of Health also recommends students older than 16 receive a second dose of the meningitis vaccine before going to college and students entering kindergarten receive a second hepatitis A vaccination.

The need for students to be better protected against varicella, or chicken pox, is a result of recent outbreaks of the disease in other counties in Indiana, according to Shara Calhoun, public health nurse with Jackson County Health Department.

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