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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -- Officials have announced new immunization requirements in the State of Maryland for the 2014-2015 school year for students entering Kindergarten and Grade 7.

Students who will be enrolling in Kindergarten at Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) must receive two doses of the Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine. All students who will be enrolling in Grade 7 are required to receive a single dose of the TDaP (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) vaccine and a single dose of the Meningococcal (Meningitis) vaccine, officials said.

Students will be given 20 calendar days after the start of the 2014-2015 school year to verify that they received the required vaccinations. Students will not be allowed back in school until the required records have been provided, officials said.

For questions regarding this, officials encourage parents to contact the school nurse. Families without health insurance can contact the Prince George's County Health Department Immunization Clinic at 301-583-3386.

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