Monday, July 6, 2009

New Immunization Requirements

On March 5, 2009 new immunization requirements took affect that will have an impact on all incoming kindergartners and 7th grade students. The changes are as follows:

Kindergarten - All students entering kindergarten, statewide, will be required to have:
  • 2 doses of Hepatitis A 2 doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine
  • 2 doses of varicella vaccine (or a written statement from a parent/legal guardian, or physician stating the child has a positive history of varicella disease (chicken pox).
7th Grade - All students entering 7th grade will be required to have:
  • 2 doses of varicella vaccine (or a written statement from a parent/legal guardian, or physician stating the child has a positive history of varicella disease (chicken pox). 1 dose of Tdap vaccine (if it has been 5 years since their last dose of tetanus-containing vaccine).
  • 1 dose of meningococcal vaccine

*Please note - These changes are in addition to the current immunization requirements*

This information can be downloaded from the MISD Health Services Web page as well as on the Department of State Health Services Web site.

In the interest of transparency, please note: parents can also find information on exclusions from compliance which are "allowable on an individual basis for medical contraindications, reasons of conscience, including a religious belief, and active duty with the armed forces of the United States."

If you have any questions regarding the new immunization requirements, please contact your primary health services provider or the MISD Health Services Department at 817-299-6370.