South Dakota requiring 6th grade vaccinations


The Rapid City Area School District is teaming up with Regional Health to increase immunization compliance.

In 2016, the South Dakota State Legislature passed a law requiring incoming sixth graders to receive two vaccines. The partnership is an effort to remind parents and students of the requirement while school officials hope the majority of sixth grade students will receive the vaccine before the first day of school.

Regional Health will have booths set up during school events to inform parents about the diseases that health officials are working to protect students against. Marybeth McLellan, the manager of clinical operations at Family Medicine Residency, explained the vaccine requirements.