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High schoolers must have meningococcal vaccine to start school

August 13, 2018

All kids entering 7th, 8th, 9th and 12th grades must have the meningococcal vaccine.
Without it, they can’t start school.

About the Vaccine:

• It’s not a new vaccine. It’s been recommended for a decade.
• Most parents already choose to vaccinate their children.
• The meningococcal vaccine has been required for school entry since
Sept. 1, 2016.

About Meningococcal Disease:

• It causes bacterial meningitis and other serious diseases.
• Teens and young adults are at greater risk.
• It comes on quickly and without warning.
• Its symptoms are similar to the flu.
• Every case of this disease can result in death or long-term disability.

Check with your doctor. Even kids who have had a shot before mayneed a booster to start school.
To learn more, visit health.ny.gov/immunize.

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