More shots needed for kindergartners, seniors in 2014-15

Soon-to-be high school seniors will need to visit their doctors before returning this fall, while kindergartners will need an additional shot before their first day of school.

The Indiana Department of Health is requiring seniors to receive a second meningococcal vaccine before the start of the 2014-15 school year. This school year, that shot was only a recommendation — not a requirement — for juniors and seniors.

Kindergartners also must receive two hepatitis A shots, given six months apart, before the start of next school year. The health department previously recommended the hepatitis A vaccine when children received the five other shots needed before starting elementary school, Johnson County Health Department director of nursing Lisa Brown said.

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