Schools prepare for 2013-14 vaccination requirement changes


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Parents who just made sure all their children’s shots were up to date should keep those records handy: Indiana’s shot requirements are changing again.

Starting next year, the state will require students in all grades to have received two varicella vaccines, or have a documented case of chicken pox. That will affect fourth- and fifth-graders, who until now needed only one dose of the vaccine.

The state also is recommending that incoming kindergartners receive two doses of the hepatitis A vaccine and that high school juniors and seniors receive a booster of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine, which provides protection against meningitis. But those recommendations could become requirements at the start of the 2014-15 school year, and local school districts are working now to notify parents of the possible and upcoming changes.

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