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April Deadline For Pa. Students’ Immunizations Fast Approaching

By Michelle Durham

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – New immunization laws went into effect last August and the deadline for Pennsylvania children to receive these vaccines is April 30th. If your child doesn’t have these shots, they will be suspended and not permitted to attend school.

Montgomery County Health Department’s immunization coordinator Kalyn Roberts explains the new requirements: “For children entering 7th grade, they are now required to have one dose of the tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine, also known as TDAP. And they are also required to have one dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine.”

“For all grades, they are required to have one more dose of chicken pox. They also need to have two doses of the mumps vaccine. The hepatitis B vaccine is now required for all grades.”

Roberts says if parents in the county do not have health insurance, they can call the Health Department at the numbers below, but she advises not to wait until the last minute.

“Health care professionals may be inundated and vaccine hard to come by.”

To make an appointment, call one of these numbers:

HealthCare Center in Norristown: 610-2758-5145
HealthCare Center in Pottstown: 610-970-5040
HealthCare Center in Willow Grove: 215-784-5415

Or, visit the Montgomery County Health Department’s website.

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  • Fred

    What about people who have had the chicken pox? Do they need the vaccine too?

    • health nurse

      the CDC recommmends anyone born after 1980 be vaccinated against varicella (chicken pox). The schools may accept clinician diagnosed history of chickenpox for their vaccination purposes.

    • Kalyn

      For people who have definitely had the chicken pox, they do not need the vaccine but many other rash-like illnesses can look like the chicken pox so to be sure the disease should have been diagnosed by a healthcare provider. Additionally, except for healthcare providers and pregnant women, adults born in the United States before 1980 can be considered immune to chicken pox and do not need to be vaccinated.

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