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North Dakota health officials set new vaccine requirements

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials have unveiled new immunization requirements for children in schools and child care facilities.

The changes take effect during the 2018 school year and include requiring an additional dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine in grades 11 and 12. Lexie Barber with the state health department tells the Bismarck Tribune that 16- and 17-year-olds in North Dakota have low vaccination rates for the second dose — about 30 percent.

Starting Jan. 1, all children attending child care in the state will need a hepatitis B vaccine. Before, only children starting school needed the vaccine.

The deadline for students to comply with new requirements or be excluded from school is Oct. 1.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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