The North Dakota Department of Health is reminding parents to have their kids up-to-date on their vaccinations prior to the start of school.

State law requires students from kindergarten through 12th grade to have a certain amount of immunizations, otherwise the child will not be allowed to attend school.

The news release states that children have up to 30 days after the first day of school to get caught up. Children without the proper vaccinations will be excluded from school.

The North Dakota Department of Health laid out the immunizations that are required:

Before entering school in North Dakota, children must have:

  • five doses of DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis)
  • four doses of IPV (polio)
  • three doses of HBV (hepatitis B)
  • two doses of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
  • two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine

In addition, students entering 7th grade will need:

  • one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis)
  • one dose of MCV4 (meningococcal disease)

Parents who are concerned cost should not worry according to the release. "If your child is uninsured or your insurance does not cover vaccines, children can receive vaccine at no cost through the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC). Speak to your health care provider or local public health unit if you believe your child would be eligible for VFC vaccines."

For more information, check out the full news release from the North Dakota Department of Health.

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