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Last updated 9:59AM ET
December 14, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Do Your Kids Have Their Shots?
(2007-08-01)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Parents of school aged children in Southwest Colorado are running out of time to insure their youngsters are up to date on required immunizations.
Three new shots are required this year.
KSUT's Victor Locke explains.

VICTOR: All preschoolers attending day care must have a Pneumonia vaccine as of this year.
And for incoming kindergartners:
MALONE: PREVIOUSLY ONLY ONE DOSE OF CHICKEN POX VACCINE WAS NEEDED TO START KINDERGARTEN, THIS YEAR A SECOND DOZE HAS BEEN ADDED.
And Melinda Malone, coordinator of the San Juan Basin Health Department Immunization program says 6th and 10th graders will also be required to have a Tdap, or tetanus, diptheria, pertussis vaccine.
MALONE: IT IS THE ADOLESCENT DOSE OF THE VACCINATION TO HELP DIMINISH THE OUTBREAKS OF WHOOPING COUGH OR PERTUSSIS THAT WE'VE SEEN RUNNING RAMPANT IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS ALL ACROSS THE NATION IN RECENT YEARS.
Colorado has the 5th highest rate of whooping cough in the country.
Schools can deny admission to students without proper shots.
A special pre-school immunization clinic will be held Friday in addition to regular Monday clinics, but you need an appointment, which can be made by calling 247-5702.
From KSUT, I'm Victor Locke.
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