LA DHH: Up-to-date vaccinations required for kids heading back to school
Now is the time to get your child vaccinated before school starts.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
Before your children head back to class, make sure they are up-to-date on their shots.
By law, children must be current on their vaccinations before they can attend school.
Dr. Martha Whyte with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals says research has proven that the shots are safe and are very beneficial.
"If you think back before we had the measles vaccine, there were 500,000 cases a year. We're down to about 400 a year worldwide just because of the vaccinations. So it really does make a difference not just for the child that's getting vaccinated but also for the people around them", Whyte said.
The state only provides shots for children who are on Medicaid, the uninsured or those who have a very limited amount of health coverage.