Health U: DHEC Back-to-School vaccine requirements

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Published: Aug. 12, 2022 at 11:37 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 12, 2022 at 11:38 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Back-to-school time is officially here, and as parents get their kids ready to take on the classroom--they may need to know about some new vaccination policies in place before the first day.

Doctor Cooper Gunter Lexington Medical Center Batesburg-Leesville Primary Care informs parents on what shots their kids may need before heading back.

Current vaccination requirements for the 2022-2023 school year are available at Updates for this school year include:

·         2nd graders are now required to have two doses of hepatitis A vaccine with both doses received on or after the first birthday and separated by at least 6 months.

·         8th graders are now required to have two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. A child with a positive history of the disease is considered immune and is exempt from this requirement.

·         10th graders are now required to have three doses of oral and/or inactivated polio vaccine with at least one dose received on or after the fourth birthday.

·         None of these are new vaccines, but rather the existing requirement has been extended to additional grade levels.

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