Illinois Changes Requirements for Vaccinations

Published 04/26 2014 11:21PM

Updated 04/26 2014 11:23PM

SPRINGFIELD - Amidst a national debate on vaccines, the state of Illinois is ramping up its immunization requirements for schools.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is pointing to the current mumps outbreak in Central Illinois. Early numbers show more than 65 cases have been reported so far this year. That's compared with approximately 26 from last year and 32 in 2012. 

Illinois is implementing new immunization requirements for the 2014-2015 school year. Beginning next year, students entering school in all grades need to show proof of two doses each of rubella and mumps vaccines. In addition, anyone starting kindergarten, sixth or ninth grade will have to show proof of two doses varicella, or chicken pox vaccine.

For the 2015-2016, school year, students will need to show proof of having received a meningococcal vaccination for meningitis.

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