We're just over half way through the school year, but the Illinois State Board of Health says parents need to start making immunization appointments now to meet next year's requirements.
The Illinois State Board of Education is now requiring all 6th through 12th graders to get the Tdap vaccine.
The Tdap vaccine helps prevent against tetanus, diptheria, and whooping cough; something Illinois health officials say has been on the rise in pre-teens and teens.
"If you think about that 6th grade to 12th grade population, they are the ones that are out and about," Jan Hummel with Adams County Health Department said. "They are around everybody and together a lot and, of course they are around young children also. So, it's just a good way to protect a group of individuals who will then stay protected as they become adults themselves. "
Illinois students must either show proof of getting the vaccine, have an appointment to get vaccinated, or have an approved exemption by October 15 or they will not be allowed to attend school.
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