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Ala. Children To Need 2 More Vaccinations

Florence, AL – State officials say Alabama children will be required to receive two additional vaccinations as a result of health officials changing their recommendations.

The shift, based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee on immunization practices, will affect preschoolers and students entering sixth grade.

Children 2 months to 59 months old enrolled in home daycare centers or in child care must receive the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, or PCV. The vaccination helps prevent bloodstream infections, such as sepsis, as well as meningitis.

Children entering the sixth grade this fall must have the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis, or Tdap, vaccine if they are 11 or older.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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