HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi State Department of Health is reminding parents to make sure their children's immunizations are up-to-date for the approaching school year.
The state law requires children to be immunized against childhood diseases to enter school, Head Start, or day care.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 95 percent of parents nationwide choose to vaccinate their children, protecting them against potentially deadly diseases.
The required vaccinations for children entering school in Mississippi for the first time are: diptheria, tetanus and pertussis, polio, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella, and varicella. Seventh graders must also receive Tdap vaccination.
Parents must provide the school with a Certificate of Immunization Compliance from their local health department or physician prior to school entry.