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FCHD gives immunization information

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Many providers are seeing Illinois students for school physicals and immunizations for the upcoming fall enrollment. The following from the Fayette County Health Department is a reminder of Administrative Code changes impacting immunization requirements effective this fall.
Below are the new requirements as well as a web link for additional information:
• Beginning with school year 2014-15, any child entering kindergarten, sixth grade or ninth grade for the first time shall show proof of having received two doses of varicella vaccine, the first dose on or after the first birthday and the second dose no less than four weeks (28 days) after the first dose, or proof of prior varicella disease or laboratory evidence of varicella immunity.
•  For students attending school programs where grade levels (kindergarten through 12) are not assigned, proof of having received at least two doses of varicella vaccine or other proof of immunity shall be submitted prior to the school year in which the child reaches the ages of five, 11 and 15.
• Only the following children shall be considered to be immune: (1) immunized with varicella vaccine; (2) have had physician diagnosed varicella disease; (3) have a health care provider’s interpretation that a parent’s or legal guardian’s description of varicella disease is indicative of past infection; or (4) or have laboratory evidence of immunity.