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SEOUL — DODDS officials are reminding parents to ensure their children are fully immunized before the new school year.

All students must receive required immunizations before enrolling, and those not fully compliant will be unable to attend, Nancy Bresell, director for Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Pacific said in a news release.

"This is for the health and safety of all students and staff," she said.

Children must have DODEA Form 2942.0-M-F1, a certificate of immunization, signed by base medical officials.

Schools began requiring three additional inoculations two years ago: meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4); tetanus and diphtheria toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine (TDAP-adolescent preparation); and for hepatitis A.

But parents should "bear in mind that the additional immunizations are age-specific and not all students will require all of the additional vaccines," according to the release.

An updated immunization form is available at http://www.dodea.edu/communities/medical.htm.

The first day of school is Aug. 25.


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