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No Shots, No School!

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) The month of August is National Immunization Awareness Month.

"Going back to school is not just books, it is also shots. The shot records are not optional, this is a necessity and you will not be enrolled in school unless you have your shot record," said Dr. David Holcombe.

All students are required by law to have an up to date shot record before enrolling in any school within the state.

To prevent any disruptions, Rapides Parish School Board leaders say parents should have their children's vaccination charts completed before the school year begins.

"It is absolutely essential that our parents take care of business to ensure that we have our kids in school, we do not want to have any down time in regards to missing instructional time for our kids," said Tony Authement.

"Students will need to have if they are coming from out of district, they will need to have their shot records. We'll be working closely with parents to make sure that their students get into school on that first day of school," said Dr. Arthur Joffrion. 

Central Louisiana health units account for more than ten percent of all childhood vaccinations in the area.

Cenla health leaders say proper childhood vaccinations will help keep the children in our schools safe.

"Vaccinations have been one of the great triumphs of public health and people now do not realize that their were tremendous epidemics and children would die from this. Well shots are affective and they are safe and they protect not only your child but the children around them. No shots, no school. It is the law," said Dr. David Holcombe.

 

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