Back-to-school vaccines: What's needed, what's not and what are your options.

COVID-19, the flu, chickenpox -- they all have vaccines, but do you need them to go back to school?

News 12 Staff

Aug 18, 2022, 9:56 AM

Updated 664 days ago

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COVID-19, the flu, chickenpox -- they all have vaccines, but do you need them to go back to school?
“Schools typically mandate you to get the MMR vaccine, the polio vaccine, chickenpox, hepatitis B, meningococcal and the Tdap vaccines,” says Rite Aid pharmacist Niketa Patel. Optional are the flu vaccines, COVID-19, the human papillomavirus vaccine and some other vaccines.
However, COVID-19 vaccines and boosters might be required by certain colleges and universities. The flu vaccine is required for most day cares.
You are allowed to send in medical or religious exemptions, so you can opt out. Just double-check with your doctor and school to see if you're up to date and ready to go.
If you want to get a flu shot, it's not too early. It takes about two weeks for the antibodies to kick in, but if you are going to get it, Rite Aid recommends getting it by the end of October.


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