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DOH: Exams, shots required for 7th grade

The state Department of Health is encouraging parents of incoming seventh graders to schedule back-to-school vaccinations and physical exams before the upcoming school year.

Hawaii state law requires all students to receive a physical exam and age-appropriate immunizations before starting seventh grade. Before the first day of school, all seventh-grade students must provide documentation that they received the following vaccines or risk being excluded:

• Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis vaccine).

• HPV (human papillomavirus vaccine).

• MCV (meningococcal conjugate vaccine).

A physical exam is also required within 12 months before starting seventh grade.

Parents should contact their child’s health care provider now to schedule an appointment and submit the required form to the school their child will attend before the first day of seventh grade.

For more information, visit vaxtoschoolhawaii.com.

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