With the last day of the school year on the horizon, students across the state are receiving painful news following changes to state immunization requirements, which were implemented this month

Beginning August 1, students entering kindergarten and the seventh grade will be required to obtain a few more immunizations than their predecessors. And eighth to twelfth graders will be required to get a tetanus-containing vaccine if one has not been administered in the last 10 years.

In order to inform parents and students within the Glen Rose ISD of the revisions to the immunization requirements for Texas children attending public and private schools, administrators are planning an extra clinic at the junior high in May to help parents update their childís shot record.

More than 130 sixth graders will need to get an extra shot before next year.

Prior to Aug. 1, students entering the seventh grade during the 2009-10 school year, will now be required to obtain a meningococcal vaccine, which protects against the illness that causes bacterial meningitis; a second dose of the varicella, or chickenpox, vaccine; and any seventh grader who has not had a tetanus-containing vaccine in the last five years will have to get the Tetanus, Diphtheria and acellular pertussis - containing (Tdap) vaccine.

Kindergartners will also be faced with new requirements. While the Hepatitis A vaccine has been required for kindergartners in select Texas counties, the revisions mean all students entering in the Lone Star State will be required to get two doses of the vaccine. In addition, kindergarteners will be required to have two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and two doses of the chickenpox vaccine.

For more information, parents may contact their childrenís schools or health provider or visit the Texas Department of State Health Services Immunization Branch online at www.immunizetexas.com or by telephone at (800) 252-9152.

The Glen Rose Elementary School will hold a round-up for all pre-k and kindergarten students for the 2009-2010 school year Wed. May 6 and Thurs. May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri. May 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Each child must have their birth certificate, immunization record and the driverís license of a parent or guardian.

Qualifying conditions for the pre-k program include income, dependant of an active duty U.S. military member, non-English speaking or homeless.

Pre-k children must be four years old and kindergarteners must be five on or before Sept. 1, 2009.

For more information, please call the school at 898-3503.