The following important announcement is in regards to the changes in the immunization guidelines beginning in August 2017.
For all students that will be seniors beginning on Monday, August 28, you are required to have a second meningococcal vaccine, unless your first dose was given at 16 years of age or older. Please check with your doctor’s office to see if you require the second dose.
For all new incoming kindergarten students, all immunizations must be completed and submitted to the school nurse prior to the first day of kindergarten. The first day of kindergarten is Monday, August 28, 2017. If for any reason, your child’s immunizations cannot be completed, you must provide a medical plan, to your child’s school nurse, from your doctor within the first five days of school.
For all middle school students who will be entering the seventh grade, one dose of Tdap and one dose of the meningococcal vaccine is required on the first day of school Monday, August 28, 2017.
Finally, for all other students. The Department of Health is requiring that ALL students have a fourth polio vaccine. Most students have received a fourth vaccine. The exception to this is if a third dose was administered after 4 years of age and at least six months after the previous dose.
All of the immunization guidelines do sound confusing. Please check with your doctor’s office if you have any questions.
School ImmunizationsIn order to enter school for the first time, at the kindergarten or first grade level, in any public, private or parochial school, your child must have the following immunizations:1. 4 doses of tetanus. * 1 dose on or after the 4th birthday.2. 4 doses of diptheria. * 1 dose on or after the 4th birthday.3. 3 doses of polio.4. 2 doses of measles. (Two doses of the combination immunization MMR is generally administered)5. 1 dose of mumps.6. 1 dose of rubella (German Measles).7. 3 doses of hepatitis B.8. 2 doses of varicella (Chickenpox) or a history of the disease.For more information, please see the PA Department of Health School Immunization Web site.