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April 26, 2017

New rule requires Pennsylvania students to be vaccinated with 5 days of school start

Schoolchildren in Pennsylvania must be fully vaccinated with five days of the beginning of the school year, or risk exclusion from class, according to new Pennsylvania Department of Health rules.

The new rules go into effect in August.

Students who have not been vaccinated by the beginning of the school year must have a written medical plan from a doctor to specify when the vaccinations will occur.

Under the old rules, parents had up to eight months after the start of school to have their children vaccinated.

The goals of the changes are more accurate reporting to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and prevention of measles and other infectious diseases.

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