New immunization requirements for Hoosier kids in ’14-’15 school year

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana kindergartner and high school seniors now have a new vaccine added to their required immunizations for the 2014-2015 school year.

At the same time, doctors are seeing more parents concerned about giving vaccinations to their children.

St. Vincent Health Doctor Mohammed Tarrabain is a family doctor in Westfield and says he’s getting ready for vaccination season now.

“It’s a good time right now to talk vaccines. Vaccines are safe. Vaccines are important. The way I think about it and we think about it is an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

“We definitely encourage parents to ask questions about safety and we do sit down and counsel and answer questions about personal preferences, about myths and about current publicity on certain conditions.”

Dr. Tarrabain is talking about publicity from celebrities, speaking out against vaccines.

Just this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the government’s estimate of autism is up to one in 68 U.S. children, up 30% in two years.

“As an advocate and a parent myself, although it hasn’t happened to me, I have met many families who have videotape, literally, where they have a child that’s developing perfectly and go in and get their shot and within a day to a week later, language is lost, eye contact is lost, and development milestones are lost,” said Jane Grimes, CEO of Autism Companion Magazine. ” I think it comes down to the individual.”

Dr. Tarrabain’s medical assistant is Jacque Martin. She administers the vaccines.

“The injection site is typically sore, you can have a little redness, and you can develop a fever. Those are our general things there, but nothing beyond that is usually reported.”

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