As school begins, there are some new vaccine requirements. One is that kids entering school at any grade will need two doses, not one, of the rubella and mumps vaccine, in light of two mumps outbreaks in the state. This applies to students entering the public school system for the first time, either as kindergarteners, or transferring in from a private school or from home schooling, or moving in from out of state.
The two doses also applies to chicken pox, says Melaney Arnold of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
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“There has been a requirement to receive a varicella – or chicken pox – vaccine, but this year, children entering kindergarten, sixth grade or ninth grade, they will need to show proof of having received two doses,” she said.
An eye exam for those entering kindergarten continues to be a requirement.
The deadline isn’t the start of school, though. It’s Oct. 15, unless the student has a medical or religious exemption. Compliance is 97 percent.