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BCHD recommends vaccines for teens

Melissa Hagerman, RN, with the Barton County Health Department recommends parents consider having their young teens immunized for both Meningococcal disease and HPV. Neither is required to attend school in Kansas, but can help protect young people from two deadly diseases.

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School nurses in Barton County sent letters to parents in April about immunizations their children would need.  Now, with the start of the new school year only a week away, the Barton County Health Department has seen a jump in families bringing kids in for the required shots.  It’s that way every year, said Melissa Hagerman, RN.  One thing families should keep in mind, she said, is there are also some important vaccinations available to children that parents forget about because they are not required.
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