the new jersey public health council is expected to vote tomorrow on a rule that would require flu
vaccines for any child entering day care or preschool. if it is approved, new jersey
would become the first state in the country to impose that mandate.
the flu vaccine
is one of four that the council will consider. there is a vaccine that would be given to children entering day care or preschool to protect against pneumonia
, and two others that would be given to those entering sixth grade: one to guard against meningococcal disease, a fast-killing strain of meningitis
, and the other an additional booster of a three-part shot already administered at a younger age against tetanus
if approved, the meningococcal vaccine requirement would also be a first in the nation for public school students. currently, massachusetts requires this vaccine for high school students at boarding schools. new jersey and other states also mandate this vaccine for college students living in dormitories.