New York parents can vaccinate their children at age 2, not 5

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that parents in the state can now start vaccinating their children at 2 instead of the old rule of 5.

Some parents will have to re-schedule health appointments to get their kids vaccinated or start on Thursday. And some parents will have to re-schedule vaccination appointments because they are now late for summer appointments.

Before it, about 86 percent of public schools were required to administer vaccines at the age of 5.

To make room for all these children, schools started operating under the new rule in August 2016, and the school health office is now advising parents to keep up with their flu shots and other shots. Parents will be able to enroll their kids in kindergarten for fall and early childhood classes on Thursday, according to a statement from the state health department.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children between ages 0 to 4 get the first two doses of vaccines by the time they turn 2. If they wait to get vaccinated until the fifth year, they will be at increased risk of contracting diseases that would have been prevented, experts say.

Read the full story from The New York Times.


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