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06/17/10

Summer is a great time to get a head start on back to school vaccinations

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – This is typically a slow time of year at the pediatricians office, which is why Dr. Richard Lampe, the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center says go now, when you can get in and out fairly quickly, if your kids are on the list for a required vaccine before school starts.

"Now, doing it early, in June and July, then there won't be a rush in early August and sometimes you might need two, this gives the opportunity to do that, this is state law," said Dr. Lampe.

Vaccine requirements for Kindergarteners and kids entering the first grade are two Varicella vaccinations, two Hepatitis A shots and two MMR vaccinations.    

For kids going into grades 7 through 12, there is a TDAP booster, which protects against Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis.  Depending on when they got their last tetanus shot and if kids have never had the Chicken Pox, they need two doses of that vaccine by junior high, along with protection against Meningitis.

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