RICHMOND - Every year some students aren't able to start school on the first day because they don't have the required vaccines.
Little Ana is still more than a week away from her first day of class, but she's already learning a big lesson -- this one's about her health.
Doctor Sean McKenna says there's a lengthy list of requirements for students going into kindergarten.
"There's the Hepatitis B series, the DTaP series, the polio, the HIB, the Prevnar, we like to get the hepatitis a done, and 1 year and 4 or 5 years, the MMR and Varicella vaccine," he says.
The big one for sixth graders is Tdap, but McKenna also recommends parents consider the meningococcal and HPV vaccines.
"We like to be sure that we use some of these back to school moments to check the list and make sure kids are up to date on their shots."
Ana is up to date on her shots, but McKenna knows many other students are not - setting themselves up to miss out on those valuable first days.
"Learning the rules of the class, learning where they're supposed to be and just feeling comfortable in that setting, so it's important to get a great start right off the bat not have anything left to chance."
To learn more about the required school vaccines, visit the Virginia Department of Health website here.
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