Kindergarten Students Need Two Doses Of Chickenpox Vaccine For School Entry

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Chickenpox Vaccine

As kindergarten screenings get underway across South Dakota, the Department of Health is reminding parents that a second dose of chickenpox vaccine will be required for kindergarten entry this fall.

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A single dose of the varicella, or chickenpox, vaccine was already required for kindergarten entry in South Dakota. New recommendations from the national Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) prompted the department to also require the second dose. The ACIP recommends the first dose be given at 12 to 15 months and the second at 4 to 6 years of age.

The Department of Health provides the vaccine free of charge to both these age groups, although vaccine providers may charge an administration fee.

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