New immunizations standards in effect for middle, high school students

New immunization standards from the Georgia Department of Public Health went into effect Monday, issuing a new wave of vaccinations required for middle and high school students across the state.

Georgia seventh grade students born after January 1, 2002 and those entering the school system in grades 8-12 must receive a dose of Tdap vaccine and one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine to attend classes.

The Tdap vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (commonly known as whooping cough). The meningococcal conjugate vaccine prevents meningococcal disease, which can cause meningitis and be fatal.



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