As school begins, there are some new vaccine requirements. One is that kids entering school at any grade will need two doses, not one, of the rubella and mumps vaccine, in light of two mumps outbreaks in the state. This applies to students entering the public school system for the first time, either as kindergarteners, or transferring in from a private school or from home schooling, or moving in from out of state. The two doses also applies to chicken pox, says Melaney Arnold of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
An eye exam for those entering kindergarten continues to be a requirement. Locally, the Mercer County Health Department offers back to school immunizations.