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Students are required to get vaccinated before entering school

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Louisiana law requires vaccinations against certain diseases for children from birth to college age. It's important for parents to keep records of their child's immunizations, since those records are necessary for admission into kindergarten, day care centers, schools, colleges and vocational schools. (There are exemptions for religious, medical and philosophical views.)

  Louisiana's Vaccines for Children Program (www.new.dhh.louisiana.gov) makes vaccines available at no charge for children who are uninsured, eligible for Medicaid or are Native American or Native Alaskan. Ask your doctor about the program.

  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following vaccination schedule. A pediatrician can put a child on a "make-up schedule" if he or she falls behind on immunizations.

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