New Jersey extends vaccine deadline

December 30, 2008 2:48:42 PM PST
Parents of pre-schoolers in New Jersey have a few extra weeks to get their kids vaccinated against the flu and pneumonia. Earlier in the year the state passed a law requiring all pre-schoolers and kids in enrolled in licensed day care to get the shots. The deadline was December 31st, but it is now extended until mid-January.

New Jersey is the first state to require these vaccinations. The state is also requiring sixth-graders to get a whooping cough vaccine booster and a meningitis shot.

Some parents have protested the mandate saying they should be able to opt out.