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New vaccination requirements for Illinois students


With a new school year comes new rules and one law in Illinois will send thousands of kids to local clinics.

We've been hearing a lot about whooping cough and its vaccine, but Illinois state lawmakers are making it a requirement for students.

Any kid between grades 6-12 in Illinois must get the TDaP vaccine.

"That's the tetanus, diphtheria, with the pertussis or 'whooping cough' vaccine," said Adams County Health Department's Immunization Coordinator Jan Hummel. "If they had it last year, that's fine. It counts. But they have to show proof of having one TDaP vaccine this school year."

It's something she says something parents might want to think about getting, too.

"If your kids need that pertussis protection, you might think about getting one also."

While the TDaP booster is the law, Hummel says there are some other shots you might think about getting for your child:

Hepatitis A, the food and water-borne form of hepatitis, for any school-age child.

And for those 6th grade and up, Hummel recommends Meningitis and HPV vaccines in addition to the Hepatitis A if they haven't had it already.

Hummel says it can be easy for parents to forget, but mom of eight Barbara Stemmons says you just have to get out and get it done early.

"We get out early and get it done before school starts and everything and be up ahead of it all."

Worried about side effects? Hummel says every vaccine has a different list of side effects, some more painful than others. She says if you have any questions at all, you can call your local health department or a doctors office and they can tell you if the reaction is normal.

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