There’s a change on the list of back-to-school immunizations. Entering grades six through 12 -- previously six through nine -- you need proof you’ve had the booster for TDAP: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). “It's one of the childhood immunizations,” says state public health director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, adding a recently formulated booster will help take those adolescents into adulthood. “This is basically coming from a federal regulation.”
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Your local school can give you a form to fill out if you want an exemption on medical or religious grounds. Hasbrouck says a belief that inoculations cause autism is not one of the grounds.