The start of the school year is closing in fast, and parents are being reminded to put childhood vaccines on their back to school supply lists.  Wisconsin School Nurses Association President Ann Riojas says it’s important for your child’s health and the safety of their classmates. She says many required vaccines help prevent diseases that are still around, such as chicken pox and tuberculosis, and widespread vaccinations help keep them from impacting the community.

Parents who are unsure of what vaccinations their child needs should check with their healthcare provider or look at the state’s immunization database. Riojas says parents should also be aware of required chicken pox and pertussis boosters that are required for students in third and ninth grade.

If you lack health insurance, Riojas says you should check with your local health department for free clinics in your area.

State law requires children in kindergarten through fifth grade to be immunized within 30 days of school starting. Failing to do so can result in kids being excluded from school and fines for parents.

Parents can receive waivers for vaccinations based on personal or religious beliefs and because of medical conditions.

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:06)

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