Hundreds of Unvaccinated Metro Students Sent Home -- Erika Lathon
Updated: Wednesday, August 20 2014, 10:55 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- More than 1,000 Metro 7th graders were sent home Wednesday because they didn't have the required vaccines. State law mandates that student entering 7th grade have verification of immunity to varicella or chicken pox. A tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis booster or "Tdap" is also required. That shot protects against the whooping cough. According to the district, an estimated 3,000 7th graders began the school year without the needed shots. On Wednesday the two-week grace period ended, so 1,200 students, or 24 percent of 7th graders were sent home. Students won't be allowed to return to class until they have proof of immunization. Families can get the vaccines at their doctor's office or at the Metro Health Department.