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Some Illinois students will need more vaccines next fall

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If you live in Illinois your kids may need to get an extra vaccination before heading back to school in the fall.

The state will require students entering 6th grade through 12th grade to receive the Tdap vaccine.

IT protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis or whooping cough.

Jan Hummel of the Adams County Health Department says these diseases can all have serious effects.

"It's very dangerous for young people especially infants and very young children and may not yet be able to be protected or too young to be protected, but it used to be called the 60 day cough because no matter if you get treated or not you will cough for an extended period of time," said Hummel.

Hummel says Illinois requires the immunization by October 15th or students won't be able to attend school.

But some districts require it by the first day of school.

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