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New state vaccine requirements get quick adoption in Norridge, Harwood Heights

A new Illinois law requiring sixth- and 12th-graders to get meningitis vaccinations for this school year also makes it tougher for parents who object to vaccines based on religious reasons. The vaccine for meningitis, a highly contagious, sometimes-fatal disease that quickly causes inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, is new to the list of vaccines students are required to get before starting various years of public school. The Illinois Department of Public Health had historically allowed students to get exemptions from immunization requirements based on religious and medical reasons, but a new law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Aug. 3 makes it harder for...

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