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Parents Warned No Shots, No School

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BATON ROUGE, La. - Besides shopping for supplies, the back-to-school checklist should include making sure your child has an updated immunizations record.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) reminded parents on Tuesday that ensuring children have received their necessary vaccinations is not only important, it's the law.

"As a parent of two children who are about to start a new school year, I want to remind other parents it's important to own your family's health and make sure your kids have gotten the shots they need," said DHH Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein. "Getting immunizations is a simple process with big rewards. These vaccines help keep children healthy, so they can spend more days in the classroom learning and out of the doctor's office."

This year, Louisiana law requires children age four or older who are entering kindergarten, pre-kindergarten, daycare or Head Start programs to have proof of a booster dose of poliovirus vaccine, two doses of measles, mumps, rubella vaccine, three doses of hepatitis vaccine, two doses of varicella vaccine and a booster dose of diphtheria tetanus acellular pertussis vaccine.

Children who are 11 or older and are entering the sixth grade this year must have proof they have received all of the age-appropriate immunizations listed above, and at this age, children also need proof of receiving the meningococcal vaccine and the tetanus diphtheria acellular pertussis vaccine.

"When we don't vaccinate, we leave the door open for the return of diseases, such as measles and whooping cough, which continue to be a threat to babies, children and adults in the United States," said DHH Immunization Medical Director Dr. Frank Welch. "School vaccination laws have helped eliminate major vaccine-preventable diseases. So, avoid the rush and take the time now to schedule your children for their back-to-school vaccinations."

For more information, visit the following links:

  • View DHH's interactive parish map to find a parish health unit in your area. If parents are not able to submit proof of updated immunizations, their children will need to be re-vaccinated to get an updated immunization record.



  • For up-to-date health information, news and emergency updates, follow DHH's blog, Twitter account and Facebook.



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