Friday, January 8, 2010
More than 1,000 students were turned away from Wichita schools this week because they lack required immunizations.
The state now requires students up to ninth grade to be vaccinated for chicken pox and Hepatitis B, plus a "Tdap" booster for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Previously, those shots were required only through fifth grade.
Hundreds of students, mostly in middle school, were turned away from school on Monday. Many went to the Sedgwick County Health Department to be vaccinated, but hundreds more still had not received the shots by late in the week.
Students have to have documentation of the vaccinations before they can return to school.