Starting July 2020, the State Department of Health is requiring all students undergo additional immunization requirements which includes all vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. The added shots will depend on which grade the student is in.
Preschoolers will be required to get eight additional shots, including Hepatitis A and B. Students entering the seventh grade will need three more vaccines, which include one that prevents the sexually transmitted Human Papillomavirus.
The department says because Hawaii’s tourism industry attracts millions of visitors each year it makes the state that much more susceptible to disease and infection.
“Vaccines are not only protecting individuals who are vaccinated. It protects their families, their friends, tutu, people who are suffering from cancer and can’t get vaccinated. It protects the entire community,” said DOH Director Bruce Anderson.
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