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Wyoming Department of Health scraps proposed vaccine rule changes

Published: Jul. 9, 2020 at 10:42 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Wyoming students will not be required to get the meningococcal vaccine to go to school.

The Wyoming Department of Health announced it will withdraw a set proposed rule changes requiring students to get the vaccine, which protects against a form of meningitis.

Officials say the department’s decision will make it easier for schools as they deal with trying to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Schools and school administrators will have a lot of additional work in order to ensure the safety of children as they return back to school So with that consideration in mind as well as hearing concerns from our school partners, we just didn’t feel that it was the right time to implement a new school requirement,” said Jude Alden, a member of the Wyoming Department of Health Immunization Unit.

She said the meningococcal vaccine is a part of the normal childhood vaccination schedule so many kids are likely already vaccinated.

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