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What to know about back-to-school immunizations in Illinois

A chickenpox (also known as varicella) vaccine sits next to syringes and ready for a student at a free immunization clinic at a Seattle public school Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, in Seattle. The school district provided the vaccination clinic ahead of the “exclusion date” of Jan. 8, 2020, when student records must reflect updated immunization status or students cannot attend school. Students will be excluded from school until they are fully vaccinated, are in the process of completing immunizations or have a Certificate of Exemption.

Elaine Thompson

What to know about back-to-school immunizations in Illinois

Early on in the pandemic, childhood immunization rates in the U.S. hit historic lows. While the latest federal data show many children have since gotten the shots they need, tens of thousands of kids didn’t have all their required vaccinations in 2021.

Reset discusses vaccination gaps among children, and what families should know about required childhood immunizations.

GUESTS: Dr. Malika Fair, senior director of equity and social accountability at the Association of American Medical Colleges

Dr. Margaret Scotellaro, president-elect of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

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