Vaccine grace period for students ends Friday

The grace period expires Friday for Kanawha County students, meaning vaccines need to be up to date by then or the students can be held out of school. There are new requirements for meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccines, and those should have been up to date by the time school started in mid-August, but the state granted a two-week grace period. That ends August 31. Will students actually be sent home? That would be a matter of matching up a lot of student records - as many as 25 percent of the student body - and it's not clear if the school district will act. The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department has the vaccines, as do most family physicians.