Most students meet vaccination requirements

January 07, 2007|By Andrea F. Siegel

Nearly all sixth- through ninth-graders have received required vaccinations against chicken pox and hepatitis B, part of a push by Anne Arundel County public schools and the county Health Department to see that students comply with Maryland's immunization law.

By the end of the school day Friday, 62 middle-schoolers and 217 ninth-graders lacked the necessary immunizations - fewer than 1 percent of students - school officials said, a substantial drop from the more than 3,000 in December and from the more than 900 who were missing vaccinations after the winter break. County schools have about 16,450 middle-school students and 6,730 ninth-graders.

Officials have told parents of children who do not have proof of the vaccinations to take their children to a private doctor or a health center. Free vaccinations are available at three health centers.

For information on dates and hours, go to or call the health centers: Glen Burnie, 410-222- 6633; Odenton, 410-222-6660; Parole, 410-222-7247.

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