Georgia 7th graders to take new vaccines in the fall
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ATLANTA (CBS46) -
The immunizations are for all 7th graders and students who are considered new entrants.
New entrants are children entering a Georgia school for the first time or entering after having been absent for more than 12 months or one school year.
The immunizations come at the recommendation of the Center for Disease Control, CDC in Atlanta.
The vaccine TDAP, protects students against Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough.
The vaccine MCV protects against Meningococcal Conjugate or Meningitis.
Steve Mitchell is the Director of Immunizations for the Georgia Department of Public Health.
He told CBS 46 News that parents shouldn't be alarmed but be clear the vaccines are required to protect all students.
"Nationally we've seen an increase in Pertussis cases and with the state of Georgia we've seen an increase in Pertussis cases. As far as Meningitis is concerned, cases are rare but mortality and rabidity are high," said Mitchell.
Local school districts like Atlanta Public Schools and Henry County Schools told CBS 46 News that their middle school principals will start sending out letters to parents about newly required vaccines.
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