- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - With the beginning of a new school year quickly approaching, state health regulators are urging parents to make sure their children have received all required vaccinations.

State officials say Louisiana law requires children, ages 4 or older and entering kindergarten, pre-kindergarten or Head Start programs, to have proof of receiving the following vaccinations:

- booster dose of poliovirus vaccine

- two doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine

- three doses of hepatitis vaccine

- two doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine

- booster dose of diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.

Children in daycare also need to be up-to-date with their age-appropriate immunizations. Children 11 or older and entering the sixth grade must have proof they received all the age-appropriate immunizations listed above, as well as vaccinations for meningitis and Tdap.

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