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School shot rules updated

In order to more closely match the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, the Texas Department of State Health Services has changed its requirements for school immunizations.
The changes will take effect Aug. 1, and students will not be able to begin the 2009-10 school year without the required immunizations.
The changes mainly affect students entering kindergarten and seventh grade. Students at both public and private schools must meet the immunization requirements.
The hepatitis A vaccine requirement, which was previously only required in 40 counties in Texas, has been expanded to include all of the state, said Emily Palmer, DSHS assistant press officer. Students entering kindergarten must have two doses of the hepatitis A vaccine.
Two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine are required for students entering kindergarten. Students in grades one through 12 must continue to meet the current requirement, which is two doses of a measles-containing vaccine and one dose each of mumps and rubella vaccine.
Students entering kindergarten and seventh grade must have two doses of the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine.

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