New mandatory booster shots for area students

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) – An immunization bill passed in Maryland in 2010 has officially gone into effect for this upcoming school year.

Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene changed its vaccination requirements, and now requires two doses of the Chickenpox vaccine for children entering kindergarten or higher, and one dose of the Meningococcal and Tdap vaccine for students entering seventh grade or higher. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Tdap vaccine helps to prevent lockjaw, whooping cough and dipthera, a serious and possibly fatal upper respiratory infection.

Virginia has begun requiring Tdap booster shots for teens in sixth grade and higher this year, and DC currently mandates a Tdap and Td booster every five and 10 years respectively.

Misinformation have lead to some parents choosing to not vaccinate their children out of fear that their children may develop other illnesses. According to the CDC, fewer vaccinations have resulted in the reemergence of diseases, such as the measles.

Written By:

Alana Yzola (WUSA9)


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