(ST. JOSEPH) As your preparing to send your kids off to school, the St. Joseph School District says don’t forget about those immunization shots.
"We’re just encouraging parents to get out there, make contact with their schools, school nurses, with their doctor's office," Lafayette school nurse Tanya Alden said.
Last year, the state’s changes to immunization requirements left many parents unsure over which vaccines their kids needed. They’re determined not to make this year a repeat.
"They got the information out to me really well [this year]," Mother Jennifer Koch said. "The school district was good at informing us."
That’s music to the ears of Trevor Callaway, the father of twins about to start kindergarten. Callaway believes immunization is a critical part of their educational experience.
"Having a protective barrier against communicable diseases is essential to that experience" Callaway said.
Callaway's twins have special needs, and for them to be in a safe environment at school, Callaway said every one around them needs to be protected.
"Having their immunizations guarantees us that that’s one less doctor that we might have to see throughout the year." Callaway said.
It's not just parents of young children that should be concerned, for college-bound kids, its just as important.
"Almost every college requires the meningitis shot especially if they’re staying in the dorms, so got to be prepared." Koch said.
The school district is doing everything they can to make sure parents are informed, and kids are ready for the first day.
"We're just really trying to get the information out so kids can be in their school buildings and where they need to be," Alden said.
This year, to date, around 30 kids have yet to recieve their immunizations- a number significantly lower than last year.