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New Immunization Guidelines

by Natalie Sparacio

Marshfield (WAOW)-- Just in time for the start of the school year, new immunization guidelines are out.

This week's Living Well takes a close look the effectiveness of vaccines and whether they are safe for your child.

The next time you take your child to the doctor, you'll want to make sure they are up to date with all their vaccinations because there are some changes this year.

The new requirements include a second dose of the varicella...or chicken pox vaccine...and also a new tetanus booster called the t-dap...which protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, or whopping cough.

Starting now, the second dose of the chicken pox vaccine is a requirement for kids entering kindergarten, 6th and 12th grade.

Additionally, kids entering 6th, 9th, and 12th grade must get the T-DAP vaccine.

But, doctors say eventually the vaccine will be required for all kids.

The vaccinations are in place to prevent the outbreak of illness from happening.

Edna DeVries, M.D., at Marshfield Clinic, "...the chicken pox vaccine we know is very effective that most people who get the vaccine do not get chicken pox...or if they get chicken pox after they have the vaccine it's a very mild case, but because there have been some breakthrough cases of chicken pox after just one vaccine, the second dose is recommended...it brings about better, stronger immunity if the child has had 2 chicken pox vaccines."

When it comes to safety, childhood immunizations undergo years of rigorous studies, before they're licensed and approved.

Devries says, "...there's good evidence that they're safe and effective. I think parents should feel very confident that the vaccine that we're offering are very safe and well studied."

If you are unsure of what immunizations your child needs..or when they need to be updated...you can always check with your health care provider to get access to records.

Living Well is produced in part and sponsored by Marshfield Clinic.

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