Illinois Students Facing New Vaccination Requirements

- Illinois-Starting next school year, students will have to show proof of receiving two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) and Varicella (chicken pox) vaccines.  Health officials say they are monitoring the recent rise in cases of measles and mumps in Illinois.  

Amanda Mehl from the Boone County Health Department says, “There is some research that is being done showing that immunity (to the vaccines) can start to wane after awhile.”

The new policy means some kids may need to go get another shot.  Each district has a deadline for vaccination and if a child does not have the proper vaccination in time, they will be sent home until they are in compliance.

Boone County Health Department accepts walk-ins for vaccinations Wednesday afternoon between 1-4p.

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