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Over the past year, many students have missed out on annual doctor visits, including appointments for routine immunizations. Experts estimate that 1 in 5 school-age children in the U.S. are now behind on shots to protect them from diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox (varicella), and meningitis.
All states require students to be up-to-date on their shots to return to school. As children head back to the classroom, educators and advocates can play a critical role in protecting them from preventable diseases by providing families and caregivers with information about these immunizations.
Immunization requirements for school entry vary from state to state. Please check with your state health department or local school district. To learn more about immunizations and state requirements, visit vaccineinformation.org/state-immunization-programs/
Share information with students and families to ensure they are caught up on required shots to keep them in school.
Call your doctor or local clinic to make sure your student is caught up on immunizations.
Help families access immunization information to get their kids caught up on shots that keep them in school and protected.