Required Vaccinations For WV Students

CABELL COUNTY, WVa. (WSAZ) --- The deadline has come and gone, in Cabell County Schools, but administrators are still trying to give a shot in the arm to parents to get their child's immunization records in.

The district was hoping parents would have submitted their children's Tdap and meningococcal vaccine records, for current 6th and 11th graders, before the end of the school day, on May 16th.

These vaccines are required by state law for the first day of the 2013-2014 school year. Without these shots, students will not be permitted to attend that first day of school

But as of Thursday afternoon, the school district says the average percentages show:

Current 11th grade: Tdap 65%
meningococcal 47%

Current 6th grade: Tdap 51%
meningococcal 47%

Administrators don't believe that's an accurate of account of students without the vaccine, but it's the percentage of parents who've submitted the requested paperwork.

On May 28th, Valley Health Systems will be holding a vaccination clinic, to help parents bring their children up to date.

"It's amazing. We get the kids in and if they know why they are getting shots," Terry Roberts, a Valley Health Nurse Practitioner said. "We want to instill in them, the importance of vaccines and have that follow them for a lifetime."

That vaccination clinic will be at Cabell Midland High School on May 28, 2013 from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm.

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