Back to school vaccines

BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR)-- The North Dakota Department of Health is encouraging parents to make sure their children are up to date on vaccines before the school year begins.

North Dakota state law requires students in grades kindergarten through 12 to meet a minimum number of required immunizations before they go to school. The DoH says if someone doesn't want to go through with vaccinations, they need an exemption form.

"Would either be your history of disease exemption, if you've had chicken pox, your medical exemption, so if you have a child who might be in cancer treatment or isn't able to medically get vaccines, or you could have a personal belief exemption," said Jenny Galbraith, immunization surveillance coordinator​.

The Department of Health says many parents wait to the last minute before the school year, but should take their children while still on break.