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Immunization Week Getting Students Ready For School

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by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Thousands of students risk being forbidden from attending school on the first day if immunizations are not certified.

The first day of school for Metro Nashville Public Schools will be on August 1. Thousands of students must have the proper immunization shots if they plan to attend school on time.

With the help of the Lentz Public Health Center, Metro Nashville and the Metro Public School System, leaders were getting the word out about "School Immunization Week" during a Monday morning press conference.

During the 2012 – 2013 school year, nearly 3,000 7th grade students (half of all metro 7th grade students) did not have proper records of their immunization on the first day of school.

State law requires all students entering the 7th grade to provide proof of updated immunization records showing they have received tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis booster (TDAP), as well as varicella booster or proof of having the chicken pox disease.

For families without insurance, free shots will be provided by the Lentz Public Health Center on 23rd Ave. North, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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