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City gets new chicken pox immunization rule

Posted: Sunday, July 05, 2009

JUNEAU - Children attending kindergarten through sixth grade need two doses of chicken pox immunization to attend school, according to the Juneau Public Health Center.

The new requirement went into effect on Wednesday.

Children may have a medical exemption, religious exemption or medically verified history of chicken pox disease to meet the requirement. A parental statement of disease history is no longer acceptable. A parents who believes their child previously had chicken pox should contact their child's doctor about verification. Unvaccinated children without an exemption will be excluded from attending school and school activities.

A statement of medical exemption or history of disease can only be signed by an Alaska licensed physician, advanced nurse practitioner or physician's assistant. A copy of the official form may be obtained on the Alaska Immunization Program Web site at www.epi.alaska.gov/immunize or from the Juneau Public Health Center.

For more information or appointments, call the Juneau Public Health Center at 465-3353. The health center is located at 3412 Glacier Highway, across from the Twin Lakes parking lot. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Juneau Public Health Center is a member of Vaccinate Juneau Kids Coalition.



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