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FOR RELEASE: February 8, 2000
CONTACT: Dick Gunn
405/271-5601

Get Shots Now for Next School Year & Avoid the Rush

Although it may seem like an issue parents can put off worrying about for a few months, state health officials say it's not too soon to consider the Oklahoma immunization requirements students must comply with prior to enrolling for the 2000-2001 school year.

"Parents might consider the opportunities they have now to vaccinate their children early and avoid the school rush at county health departments or their physician's office," said State Health Commissioner J.R. Nida, M.D. Nida said children attending school in Oklahoma in the 2000-2001 school year who are in kindergarten through fourth grade must have 5 doses of DTaP, 4 doses of polio, and 2 doses of MMR vaccine.

Children who will be in seventh through tenth grade must have 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine; children in kindergarten through second grade and seventh through ninth grade must have 2 doses of hepatitis A vaccine; and children in kindergarten through second grade must receive 1 dose of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine.

"A child who has had chickenpox does not need varicella vaccine," Nida noted. "The month and year the child had chickenpox disease should be recorded on the child's record with the notation, 'had disease.'"

Parents and caregivers who have questions about the immunizations required for school entry can contact their local county health department or the Oklahoma State Department of Health Immunization Division at (405) 271-4073.

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