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Indiana students need proof of chickenpox or vaccine

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 7:53 am

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana health officials are reminding parents that students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade need to have a record documenting two valid doses of the chickenpox vaccine or a documented history of having the childhood disease.

Indiana Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Joan Duwve says the state has had multiple chickenpox outbreaks during the past school year. She says the new requirement will help stop the spread of the disease.

Although not required, Duwve also recommends that students receive the following immunizations if they haven't already: two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine; a flu vaccine every year; human papilloma virus vaccine for all adolescents; and a booster dose of meningitis vaccine for adolescents ages 16-18.