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New Jersey mandates new vaccinations for children
New Jersey has become the first state in the country to require annual flu shots for preschoolers and several new vaccinations for sixth graders. Preschoolers will be required to receive immunizations for pneumonia and the flu, while sixth graders will be required to get shots for meningitis and a booster for tetanus and whooping cough. The shots, recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics, will be required beginning September 3008. The new vaccinations were approved by the state Public Health Council despite protest by a number of parents who said the mandate impedes on their rights as parents.