Originally Published: July 30, 2002 6:15 p.m.
It takes more than pencils, paper, backpacks and new clothes to get a child ready for school.
Children going into kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, seventh, eighth and ninth grades will be ready to go to school this year only when they have received hepatitis-B shots and a second measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) shot.
Arizona law requires children to provide proof of immunizations for eight diseases when they enroll in public, charter, private or parochial school. Children must have proof that they received two doses of the MMR vaccine, four doses of polio vaccine, three doses of hepatitis B and five doses of diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis (DtaP/DTP) vaccine.
Giving children three doses of the hepatitis-B vaccine and a second dose of the MMR vaccine is a new requirement of the Arizona School Immunization law.