A new school immunization requirement is now in effect for all sixth grade students in Illinois. Staying up-to-date on vaccines helps families protect their children from the most serious illnesses. Parents should be aware of the new immunization requirement for all sixth grade and older students, says Dr. Craig Batterman, assistant professor of pediatrics at SIU School of Medicine.
He explains the new required booster vaccine.
Dr. Batterman says the new requirement is due to increased incidences of pertussis or whooping cough in recent years. The pertussis is given in younger age children, but immunity wanes in the older age group, making them more susceptible to the disease.