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Health officials educate parents on new requirements before school starts

“Don’t hesitate, vaccinate!” is a campaign underway in Ontario County to educate families on school vaccinations.

As August is National Immunization Awareness Month, public health officials are using it as a chance to inform parents on how to prepare their students for a healthy school year.

The Ontario County Public Health Department points out only 68.6 percent of children in the county 19 to 35 months old are considered fully vaccinated. It states, “vaccines help to prevent serious diseases like the flu, measles, pneumonia and even certain types of cancers.”

New this year, families can no longer use a religious reason for not getting their child vaccinated if they want to attend a private, public, or parochial school. The same applies for daycares including ones in homes.

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