The Ohio Department of Health is instituting two new laws that will go into effect during the next academic school year, and it’s something parents need to be aware of.
Before entering the seventh grade, students need to have a DTAP booster, which is for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Zanesville school nurse Beverly Guinsler says one of the main reasons for this change stems from the pertussis outbreak in Muskingum County last year.
There’s also a change with students entering kindergarten. They are going to need a second chicken pox booster shot.
"I think they’re finding that several kids, even though they’ve had their one immunization, may still have a breakthrough of chicken pox. So, then they’ve determined that if they get the second dose, that usually helps so they don’t get the chicken pox, " says Zanesville school nurse Beverly Guinsler.
Guinsler says it’s a great time of year to go over your child’s medical history to see all the vaccinations needed before they start school.
"That way they have plenty of time. They have 3-4 months to get into the doctor or any clinics in town because they will have those vaccines knowing that the new laws are coming. They can get those all done with a pre-school or kindergarten physical as well as maybe a dental check-up before they start kindergarten, " says Guinsler.
Zanesville kindergarten registration will take place next Tuesday through Thursday from three to seven p.m.
A complete lists of shots kindergarteners need before starting school include, 5 D-TAP’s; 4 Polio; 3 Hepatitis B; 2 Measles, Mumps and Rubella; and 2 Chicken Pox.