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Vaccine changes parents should be aware of

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Parents have some important homework this summer. Texas has changed the vaccines required for school-aged children.

If you have been keeping your preschooler up to date with shots, your doctor has likely told you about the new shot requirements. But if your child is going into the 7th grade and has not seen his or her pediatrician lately, you might be surprised when school starts to find out that you've missed a childhood vaccine that is now required for older kids.

Dr. Leslie Motheral, a pediatrician at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, explained it Tuesday on HealthWise at 5. "For junior high kids, 7th graders will need to make sure that they have two doses of the chicken pox vaccine. It's just been in the last year and a half that we started catching kids up on their booster for chicken pox. So most seventh graders don't have that second dose and they'll need to make sure that they have that," said Dr. Leslie Motheral, TTUHSC Pediatrician.

In addition, there are two other boosters required now at age 11. So, Dr. Motheral says just be sure to get a well check before 7th grade and your doctor will let you know what you need before school starts.

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