Vaccination rate high among children in Tennessee, Georgia

Treyveon Bradley, 5, checks his arm where after receiving his pre-kindergarden immunizations at the Hamilton County Health Department on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The health department is experiencing an influx of patients as parents vaccinate their children to prepare for the start of the school year.

It's no shots, no school.

Students need more than a backpack and sharpened pencils to be prepared to enter Hamilton County classrooms this year - they need up-to-date immunization records too.

"It's no shots, no school," said Sheryl Rogers, health services coordinator for Hamilton County Department of Education.

The health departments in Tennessee and Georgia say the rate of childhood immunizations has been unaffected this year by the national debate that erupted after a measles outbreak was traced back to Disneyland earlier this year. Unvaccinated children are believed to be among those responsible for the 180-person, 18-state measles outbreak, which placed many anti-vaccination advocates on the defense.

Required vaccinations for Tennessee students

Children enrolling in kindergartenHepatitis B (HBV)Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP, or DT if appropriate)Poliomyelitis (IPV or OPV) — final dose on or after the 4th birthdayMeasles, Mumps, Rubella — 2 doses of each, usually given together as MMRVaricella — 2 doses or credible history of diseaseHepatitis A — total of 2 doses, spaced at least 6 - 18 months apartAll children entering 7th grade (including those currently enrolled)Tetanus — diphtheria-pertussis booster (Tdap) - evidence of one Tdap dose given any time before 7th grade entry is required regardless of Td historyVaricella — 2 doses or credible history of diseaseNew enrollees in grades other than kindergartenHepatitis B (HBV)Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP, or DT if appropriate)Poliomyelitis (IPV or OPV - final dose on or after the 4th birthdayMeasles, Mumps, Rubella — 2 doses of each,...