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Most Fairbanks borough student immunized

Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- All but 29 elementary school students in the Fairbanks North Star Borough have up-to-date immunizations, including the new hepatitis A and hepatitis B requirements, said borough superintendent Jim Holt.

In middle and high school, 92 percent of the approximately 7,000 students have their shots.

''The secondary kids have until Sept. 7 to get them before we send them home,'' Holt said.

State regulations that went into effect at the beginning of 2001 require that all students in public or private schools, as well as child care centers, be immunized against hepatitis A and B, serious liver diseases.

The hepatitis A vaccine is a series of two shots, while the hepatitis B vaccine is a series of three. Students must have at least started each series in order to attend school.



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