New State Vaccination Regulations for School Kids

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SCRANTON -- The state is tightening its regulations on when you need to get your child vaccinated before school starts.

Starting next month, parents will have to make sure their children are vaccinated a lot sooner than years before.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health says all vaccinations must be completed within the first five days of the school year.

Previously, parents had an eight-month window to get the vaccines done.

Commonwealth Heath family doctor Tina George says the new deadline will help keep your kids healthy.

"The goal of this regulation is to really just narrow the period where children are going unvaccinated to school and make sure the beginning of the year starts with everyone caught up on their vaccinations rather than trying to play catch-up throughout the year," Dr. George explained.

There are exceptions to this new regulation. If you cannot get the shots by the deadline, you just have to provide documentation to your school saying you have a plan to get the shots.

There are also exceptions for medical and religious reasons.

"It's tremendously important to make sure the entire population is vaccinated to protect our most susceptible kids," Dr. George added.

Despite that, Holly Zahradnick says it should be a parent's choice when to get their children vaccinated.

"You just really have to stay informed and know when is the right time and what is right for your own family," said Zahradnick.

The new regulations go into effect on Monday.


  • Unspecial

    Wake up. No one believed that a priest would hurt a child so you buried your head in the sand while the abuse and suffering continued for years. Ýou are repeating the same mistake by turning a blind eye to the many vaccine injury stories.

  • Forced Medication Is Unethical

    So good the Govt. has to force them on you to get you to use them.

  • Proletariat

    The only exception should be medical. These anti-vaxxers are putting everyone’s lives at risk with their pseudoscience bull.

  • Bob Calvey

    Now does this mean ALL kids like illegals and those who are forieners and don’t believe in medicine or is it just for those who are actual u s citizens like when my kids went to school we had to have med records when they enrolled

  • magicmikexxsm

    In 65 I was vaccinated for what ever they vaccinated you for back then ….I had both measles, mumps, chicken pox, and I’m fine.. back in the day you seen less special needs children being born…cause we where not pumped full of that krap like kids are today….

    • Jennifer

      I am sorry but children aren’t born special needs because of vaccines!! They are born perfect and besides vaccines come after birth! Please read what you post!!

  • Kat

    I would check the ingredients of those vaccines if I were you. You have the right to ask your doctor ya know. Make your decision from there.

    • Jenny Mccarthy

      Heck yeah, I would too. Besides, how bad can measles, mumps, and rubella be? And seriously, polio? Who gets polio these days? I would question all those things they’re pumping into our kids. Don’t even get me started on fluoride.

      • Itsciencedumbdumb

        Kids don’t get polio these days because vaccinations have practically wiped tgat horrible disease out, you dolt. Get educated!

      • Jennifer

        Measles, Mumps and Rubella can be life threatening to so many people. Not only can it spread like fire but reactions are very scary. Please read again what you post! You sound uneducated!! Until you have a background in Nursing or have a PHD. Don’t ansewer with a question!! Thank you!!

      • Jennifer

        What about fluoride?! If you don’t want your child to use it, well buy toothpaste and so on without.. please I just can’t take it!! We are all in this together as parents. Some have different views but vaccines are important for so many reasons.

      • Proletariat

        Do you realize that in addition to fluoridating water, why, there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk, ice cream? Ice cream, Mandrake? Children’s ice cream!…You know when fluoridation began?…1946. 1946, Mandrake. How does that coincide with your post-war Commie conspiracy, huh? It’s incredibly obvious, isn’t it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual, and certainly without any choice. That’s the way your hard-core Commie works. I first became aware of it, Mandrake, during the physical act of love… Yes, a profound sense of fatigue, a feeling of emptiness followed. Luckily I — I was able to interpret these feelings correctly. Loss of essence. I can assure you it has not recurred, Mandrake. Women, er, women sense my power, and they seek the life essence. I do not avoid women, Mandrake…but I do deny them my essence.

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