New immunization requirements for Missouri students

Missouri issues new immunization requirements for some students
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

DUNKLIN COUNTY, MO (KAIT) - The state of Missouri has new immunization requirements for some students.

The Dunklin County Health Department told Region 8 News the state now requires incoming 8th and 12th graders to get the meningococcal vaccination before they begin school in August.

Kim Hughes, director of nurses at the health department, said the state recommended seniors to get the single dose vaccine nearly 10 years ago.

Now they are recommending a two-dose series for ages 11 to 18.

Hughes said the change comes after the Centers for Disease Control saw a rise in the disease years ago.

She believes the department is now preparing students before they reach college-age, the high-risk category.

Hughes says the health department has worked all summer holding immunization clinics to get students in before the last minute.

"Your child will not be able to enter school and be attending if you don't have these vaccines," said Hughes.

One dose is required for incoming 8th graders. Two doses are required for seniors.

These rules apply unless the first dose was administered to a student who was 16 or older, in which case only one dose is required.

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