Health Department: Back-To-School Immunizations Keep Kids Safe
JEFFERSON CITY — As a new school year begins, parents and guardians need to ensure children are up to date on their immunizations.
Missouri law requires that children in kindergarten through 12th grade receive immunizations to protect against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. This helps protect everyone: children, teachers, staff and the community as a whole.
“Proper immunization can prevent serious health issues that could affect your child and others,” said Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, Dr. Randall
Williams. “With the recent outbreaks of mumps and measles, being completely immunized is as important as ever. Don’t wait. Talk to your physician or local health
department about your child’s immunizations today.”
Children attending kindergarten through seventh grade are required to be up to date on:
• DTaP – Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis
• Hepatitis B
• MMR – Measles, mumps and rubella; and
• Varicella – Chickenpox Children entering eighth grade are required to have two additional immunizations to protect their health:
• Tdap – Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (booster);
• Meningococcal ACWY. A booster dose of Meningococcal ACWY is also required for children entering 12th grade.
For more information, visit health.mo.gov/living/wellness/immunizations/index. php.