NJ health officials extend vaccine deadline

December 30, 2008 7:21:37 AM PST
Parents of toddlers in New Jersey have a few extra weeks to comply with a new state law requiring they get their preschoolers vaccinated. The New Jersey Dept. of Health and Senior Service is giving people a grace period beyond Wednesday's original deadline.

Parents now have until mid-January to get their children the shots or show a note proving they have a vaccination appointment by the end of the month.

New Jersey is the first state to require flu and pneumonia shots for any child attending preschool or a licensed day care center.

Some groups are opposed to the vaccine requirement, arguing parents should have a chance to opt-out.