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North Dakota health department urging immunization check for students

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Health is reminding parents to get their children up-to-date with school-required immunizations before school begins.

Immunization requirements in North Dakota have changed with the 2018-2019 school year. Two doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) will be required for students entering grades 11 and 12 this fall. According to the NDDoH, as of July 1 only 40 percent of North Dakota 16 and 17-year-olds have had the second dose of MCV4. This leaves a lot of students still unprotected, a news release from the health department said.

If you haven’t done so already, check with your health care provider or local public health unit to find out which vaccines your child needs. Information on school immunization requirements are also available at www.ndhealth.gov/Immunize/Schools-ChildCare/.

Once your child is up to date on immunizations, please be sure to get a copy of their immunization record to submit to their school. All students must be compliant by Oct. 1 or be excluded from school until they meet requirements, the release said.

Some students may be eligible for free vaccines through the Vaccines for Children Program.

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