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Texas students receive extension on immunization deadline

AUSTIN (AP) - Texas health officials are now giving students until Oct. 1 to get all their required vaccines. Without the deadline extension, students without all vaccines are typically turned away from schools.

Pocket shortages of required vaccines have been reported around the state.

The extension applies only to the shots for meningococcal, tetanus and varicella.  Pocket shortages of those vaccines have been reported around the state.

Last spring, health officials added required doses of those vaccines at certain grade levels. Health department spokesman Doug McBride says it appears some doctors and clinics didn't order enough of the vaccines.

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