New law requires middle school kids to get certain booster shots

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Bibb County Public schools are following a new rule for kids entering seventh grade.

It’s the first time the Georgia law require them to get two major vaccinations before the school year begins.

North Central Health District representative Jennifer Jones says studies have shown the whooping cough, and meningitis disease are on the rise.

According the district’s website, “before starting the school year, all students born on or after January 1, 2002 and entering or transferring into seventh grade will need proof of a whooping cough boost shot and a meningococcal shot unless the child has an exemption.”

Before, seventh graders were not required to have both shots.

Jones says the vaccines will benefit the health and safety of the children.

We’ve had cases of meningococcal disease in out district, and so we can definitely testify to the importance of this vaccine.”

Jones added parents should look into getting their kids HPV vaccines during the 11-14 year-old age group. The shot decreases the risk of cervical cancer.

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