The State of Illinois is increasing immunization requirements for students in junior high and high schools.
The new rule applies to the “TDAP” vaccine against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Last year, the state mandated the vaccine for any students entering 6th or 9th grade. Now all students between 6th and 12th grades are required to have the shot. Students who received it last year won’t have to get it again, but will have to show proof that they’ve had it previously.
The new rule takes effect in the fall, and students who don’t get the required vaccines may not be permitted to attend school until they receive it.