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Students get required vaccinations before heading back to school

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With your kids going back to class, health officials in Illinois want to remind parents about required vaccinations and eye exams.

Children enrolling in kindergarten must have an eye exam by a licensed optometrist or medical doctor; and the state has made a few changes to its vaccination requirements.

Students must now show proof of having received two doses instead of one or rubella and mumps vaccines.

The new requirements follow two separate outbreaks of mumps in the state.

In Missouri, several people turned out for a free vaccination clinic on Friday at the Cape Girardeau HealthDepartmentt.

Children between the ages of 11 and 18, along with college students between 19 and 26, were given two free vaccinations. They included Tdap which prevents tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis or whooping cough; as well as meningococcal which prevents meningitis.

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