New vaccination requirement going into effect this year in Illinois

If you are getting your child ready to head back to school, be sure that their vaccinations are up to date.

This year, all Illinois students entering 6th and 12th grades will be required to get a meningococcal vaccine.

The vaccine protects students from meningitis, a bacterial illness that can result in death.

The bacteria is usually spread through coughing or sneezing.

The vaccine protects against 4 types of meningitis.

The Jackson County Health Department is helping to make sure all students are properly vaccinated before heading back to school by offering extended immunization clinic hours.

Those extended hours will be held July 27-31 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 pm Monday through Friday, and until 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 30.

Kentucky requires the meningococcal vaccine for all 6th grade students.

There is no requirement for the vaccine for students in Tennessee and Missouri.

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