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Flu Shots Required For Pre-Schoolers In N.J.

New Jersey is the first state in the nation to require flu shots for preschool children.

Starting next September, every child in a New Jersey preschool or day care center will have to have flu shots.

The state health commissioner, Dr. Fred Jacobs, says the new
requirements will lead to reductions in illnesses, hospitalizations
and deaths in one of New Jersey's most vulnerable populations.

Three other additional vaccinations are included in the new
regulations. There's a pneumococcal shot for
preschoolers, while sixth-graders will be given a vaccine against
meningitis, which New Jersey already requires for college dormitory
residents, and a whooping cough booster shot.

Some parents objected to they new rules. They questioned the
safety of giving young people dozens of doses of vaccines.


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