New State Immunization Law

Some new immunization requirements are looming for Texas children in pre-kindergarten and day care centers. Children in those facilities will need to be immunized against two serious diseases -- both of which are on the rise in Texas.

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A new state law requires children in child care facilities to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A and Invasive Pneumococcal Meningitis. The new law covers pre-kindergarten, day care centers and licensed child care in private homes. Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Immunization expert Dr. Melanie Mouzoon says both vaccines have been recommended for school age kids for some time, but not for pre-schoolers until now. Mouzoon says both diseases can be serious in small children and their families.

Houston has one of the lowest rates of early childhood immunization in the country, and Dr. Mouzoon says she hopes that requiring certain shots for very young children in day care and pre-K will result in more getting all the recommended shots whether they're in day care or not.

The new law goes into effect September 1st.

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