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Last year approximately 90 percent of incoming sixth graders were missing required vaccinations.
Last year approximately 90 percent of incoming sixth graders were missing required vaccinations.
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August 16, 2017

Rapid City School District Promotes Vaccine Awareness

Two years ago, the South Dakota State Legislature passed a law requiring all incoming sixth grade students to get the T-Dap and meningitis vaccines. According to KOTA News, last year approximately 90 percent of incoming sixth graders had not received the vaccines on the first day of school.

This year, the school district has partnered with Regional Health to create an awareness campaign. District officials believe the number of students who did not have the vaccine in time last year was due to lack of awareness of the new requirement. Through the campaign, the two groups hope to promote awareness and increase vaccination rates.

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