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Immunizations and School
Do you have a child starting school in the fall or entering 7th grade? Don’t forget to get them Immunized.
Maine’s new law now requires all children entering school to be up-to-date on immunizations, and sometimes it can take up to 6 months to get the required shots. Don’t wait until the last minute. Talk with your child’s primary care provider to schedule an appointment to receive the required immunizations.
LD 798 takes effect September 1, 2021. Students enrolled in grades PreK through 12 are to be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, polio and varicella. Additionally, all students enrolled in grades 7-12 must be immunized against meningococcal disease and have another TDap shot. In May of 2019, LD 798 was signed into law which removes both philosophical exemptions and religious exemptions from the exceptions to immunization requirements. Medical exemptions are still allowed and there is an exception for those students with an Individualized Education Plan and either philosophical or religious exemption that is in place prior to Sept 1, 2021.
For more information talk with your primary care provider or visit: www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/immunization/family/rules.html
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