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Booster Shot Required For Some Middle And High School Students By State

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week that flu season officially reached epidemic level and data this week shows influenza is now widespread in 43 states – up from 36 just last week. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week that flu season officially reached epidemic level and data this week shows influenza is now widespread in 43 states – up from 36 just last week. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Several Georgia middle and high school students will be required to get booster shots before they can enroll in school in the fall.

The State Department of Public Health has started a campaign that lets parents know about the need for the shots against various diseases including tetnus, diphtheria, and pertussis.

The new mandate requires that any student going to the seventh grade must get the shot to fight against various diseases. Any students entering Georgia school systems from grades eight through twelve will also be required to get the shot.

“The concern we have is that vaccines are effective in short term,” said Emory University’s School of Medicine professor of medicine and pediatrics Dr. Walter Orenstein. “For some time, we have recommended a booster at 11 or 12 years of age” said Orenstein.

This new requirement goes into effect on July 1, causing a scheduling issue for parents seeing as how several Ga. school districts begin fall semester within the next six weeks.

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