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West Virginia agency asks parents to get kids vaccinated

CHARLESTON (AP) — State health officials are asking parents to check their children’s vaccine requirements before school begins.

Kindergarten through 12th-grade students who will enter a West Virginia school for the first time must have the DTaP, polio, MMR, chickenpox and hepatitis B vaccines.

All seventh-graders and 12th-graders are required to show proof that they’ve had a dose of Tdap vaccine. Twelfth-graders also must show proof that they’ve had a second dose of the meningitis vaccine, if they received the first dose before their 16th birthday.

Bureau for Public Health commissioner Dr. Letitia Tierney says in a news release that now is a good time for parents to make sure their children have the required immunizations.

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