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Students without shots won't be able to start class

Pinellas school officials are reminding parents that students who show up for the first day of school Tuesday without proper immunizations will be excluded from classes.

Officials say they have indications that a number of students — especially those in seventh grade, which has a new booster shot requirement this year — have yet to receive their immunizations.

State law prohibits the district from admitting student without proper immunizations.

One of the new requirements is that children entering kindergarten must have had two doses of the varicella (chicken pox) immunization rather than the one previously required, or their families must provide documentation of the child having had the disease.

Also new is a requirement that students entering seventh grade receive one tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) or tetanus-diphtheria booster (Td).

The other K-12 immunizations required for this school year:

• Four or five doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP) vaccine.

• Three doses of hepatitis B (hep B) vaccine (there is a two-dose vaccine for children 11-15; check with your physician).

• Three or four doses of polio vaccine.

• Two doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.

• One dose of varicella vaccine for Grades 1 through 7.

Immunizations may be obtained from a private physician or free of charge at any Pinellas County Health Department center.

The centers are at 205 Dr. Martin Luther King St. N in St. Petersburg, 310 N Myrtle Ave. in Clearwater, 6350 76th Ave. N in Pinellas Park, 301 S Disston Ave. in Tarpon Springs and 12420 130th Ave. N in Largo. Immunization records must be on the Florida certificate of immunization.

Students without shots won't be able to start class 08/12/08 [Last modified: Thursday, August 14, 2008 4:41pm]
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