High school students in Washington State who did not get the required two doses of the chickenpox vaccination before school started have 30 days to comply with the state rule or they won’t be allowed to attend school.
Per rules from the state Department of Health (DOH), students in the 9th thru 12th grade are required to have two vaccines against the chickenpox disease, also known as Varicella. A double vaccine was required for 7th and 8th grade students in 2015. Prior to that, only students from Kindergarten to 6th grade were required to have two doses.
The new requirement for high schoolers is being implemented in Washington State at the recommendation of the national Advisory Committee on Immunization.
Washington DOH said teens are at higher risk of severe complications if they get chickenpox.
“The new requirement helps protect these young people,” DOH said. “Washington State has required only students in kindergarten through 6th grade to have two doses of chickenpox vaccine, until now. More