MSDH wants you to add vaccines to your back to school list - - Jackson, MS

MSDH wants you to add vaccines to your back to school list

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
MSDH logo, Source: MSDH MSDH logo, Source: MSDH
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

With only a few weeks left of summer, the Mississippi State Department of Health reminds parents that state law requires children to be immunized against childhood diseases to enter public or private school, Head Start or daycare. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 95 percent of parents nationwide choose to vaccinate their children, protecting them against potentially deadly diseases.

“Childhood vaccinations protect your child and those around them,” said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs.

Required vaccinations for children entering school in Mississippi for the first time include: diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP), polio, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR); and chickenpox. 

There is also a requirement for children entering seventh grade to receive the Tdap vaccination.

Parents must provide the school with a Certificate of Immunization Compliance from their local health department or physician prior to school entry.

You may check with your physician or county health department if you have questions about which immunizations your child will need.

Those 18 and under who are eligible for the Vaccines for Children program can receive vaccinations for $10 each.

The MSDH accepts Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP and the State and School Employees’ Health Insurance Plan.

Click here for more information on immunization requirements or medical exemptions for school entry.

Copyright 2015 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly