Back to school immunization deadline postponed - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/24/09

Back to school immunization deadline postponed

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -  The deadline for some students to get certain vaccinations before school, including Chicken Pox, has been extended by more than a month. Specifically, the extension applies only to three vaccines: Meningococcal, tetanus/diphtheria/acellular pertussis (Tdap) and varicella.

Shortages of these vaccines have been reported around the state. Pertussis is another name for whooping cough. Varicella refers to chicken pox. That's because new requirements for boosters going into the 7th grade has led to shortages. 

So now, the shot deadline for Meningococcal, Tetanus and Varicella, which is the Chicken Pox, has been extended until October 1st and that extension applies to students entering kindergarten or 7th grade.

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