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Is your child up-to-date on their vaccinations?

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals want to remind you to make sure your child is current on their immunizations before they head back to school.
Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals want to remind you to make sure your child is current on their immunizations before they head back to school.

DHH officials say ensuring that children have received their necessary vaccinations is not only important, it's the law.

DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert said, "Other parts of the country have seen a resurgence of measles, including Houston, which had a large outbreak last year.  These vaccinations protect our children from these terrible diseases. Getting vaccinated is a simple process with big rewards. These vaccines help keep children healthy, so they can spend more days in the classroom learning and out of the doctor's office."

Louisiana law requires children age four or older who are entering kindergarten, pre-kindergarten or Head Start programs this year have proof they have received the following vaccinations:

  • A booster dose of Poliovirus vaccine/IPV
  • Two doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine/MMR
  • Three doses of Hepatitis vaccine/HBV
  • Two doses of Varicella/Var-Chicken Pox vaccine 
  • A booster dose of Diphtheria Tetanus Acellular Pertussis vaccin/DtaP
Children in Daycare need to be up-to-date with their age-appropriate immunizations.

Children who are 11 or older and are entering the sixth grade this year must have proof they have received all of the age-appropriate immunizations listed above, and at this age, children also need proof of receiving:
  • Meningococcal vaccine/Meningitis
  • Tetanus Diphtheria Acellular Pertussis vaccine/Tdap
DHH Immunization Medical Director Dr. Frank Welch said, "When we don't vaccinate, we leave the door open for the return of diseases such as measles and whooping cough, which continue to be a threat to babies, children and adults in the United States.  School vaccination laws have helped eliminate major vaccine-preventable diseases. So, avoid the rush and take the time now to schedule your children for their back-to-school vaccinations."

Vaccines have proven safe and effective in preventing illness and death from many infectious diseases. Having kids vaccinated keeps them healthy and in school, protects other children and family members from getting sick, and allows children to lead longer, more productive lives.

View DHH's interactive parish map http://www.dhh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/394 to find a parish health unit in your area. Those children who have insurance should contact their private provider for vaccination services.

You can obtain copies of your child's immunization record from your  child's physician or from a Parish Health Unit or a Federally Qualified Health Center.

If you are not able to submit proof of updated immunizations, their children will need to be re-vaccinated to get an updated immunization record.
To learn more about DHH, visit www.dhh.louisiana.gov

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