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New immunization requirements take effect

New immunization requirements went into effect for children on July 1. The 2020 General Assembly passed House Bill 1090 amending Virginia’s immunization requirements for attending public and private schools, child care centers, nursery schools, family home day care centers and developmental centers.

The Code of Virginia now requires the following new immunizations and booster shots:Two doses of properly spaced human papillomavirus vaccine for all children, with the first dose required before the child enters seventh grade; two or three properly spaced doses of rotavirus vaccine for children up to eight months of age;

Also, two properly spaced doses of hepatitis A vaccine, with the first dose administered at age 12 months or older. The new hepatitis A vaccine requirement is in addition to the existing kindergarten immunization requirements;Also, two properly spaced doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine. The first is required prior to entering seventh grade and the second is re...

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