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Back-to-School: Is Your Child Fully Vaccinated?


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – It’s just over a week before most children go back to school. Although, students may not be able to walk through the classroom door if not vaccinated.

Dr. Michael Klatte, Pediatrician Infectious Disease Doctor at Baystate Medical Center, has been very busy with patients.

“It’s an extremely busy time of year, a lot of people getting their back to school vaccinations. We want to make sure children are in fact up to date before going back to school and interacting with other children,” Klatte explains.

The shots required are specific according to grade levels.

“If going into kindergarten children are required 2 doses of MMR . The vaccine prevents mumps, measles, as well as Varlicella Vaccine against chicken pox,” Klatte adds.

And new vaccine guidelines in Massachusetts require students 7th through 12th grade to get a TDAP shot.

“The ‘t’ is tetanus the ‘d’ is diphtheria and the ‘p’ is pertussis,” the doctor states.

The reason, in the past few years they’ve seen outbreaks with this age group.

“We’ve seen it particularly among adolescence and college age students who were previously vaccinated as children but had not been vaccinated as adolescence.”

Each school requires proof of immunization before entering the classroom, but there are exceptions. For example, if you have an allergy to the vaccine.

“Severe anaphylaxis, swelling of the throat bad hives,” says Klatte. “There are certain religious exemptions for vaccines as well.”

The whole purpose of course, is for the health and safety of each student

For a full list of vaccines needed, you can CLICK HERE to check out a list from the Mass. Department of Public Health.

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