NJ health officials extend vaccine deadline
TRENTON — 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 Department of Health and Senior Services 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.
Taken from the Asbury Park Press, December 30, 2008