7th Grade Immunization Law Change for the 2017-18 School Year

7th Grade Immunization Law Change for the 2017-18 School Year
Posted on 06/19/2017
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The following is a letter sent out to parents of 7th grade students who were missing one or both of the following vaccines. If you have questions after reading the information below, please contact the health office at 712-366-8255 or email Mrs. Hallam at amy.hallam@lewiscentral.org.

 




Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

The Iowa immunization law has changed for the start of the 2017-2018 school year. This change requires that all students entering 7th grade have both a Meningococcal vaccine and a Tdap booster before school starts this fall.

 

The Tdap requirement has been in place since the 2013-2014 school year and requires a booster dose containing Tetanus, Diphtheria, and acellular Pertussis. This booster must have been given on or after the child’s 7th birthday.

 

Meningococcal disease is a life-threatening disease caused by bacteria that infects the brain, blood, and spinal cord. This vaccine will be required prior to entering both 7th and 12th grade.  This vaccine must have been given on or after the child’s 10th birthday.

 

The Iowa immunization law has stated there will be no grace period for implementation of the the requirement for the meningococcal vaccine. This means your 7th grade student cannot start the first day of school without proof the vaccine has been given on or after their 10th birthday. The health office will need it prior to that first day.

 

You don’t have to wait to get your child this vaccine as long as they are 10 years of age. You can get it now and have it turned in prior to the end of the school year in order to beat the ‘before school’ rush. If you do wait and get it over the summer, you can either bring it with you and drop off on one of our registration nights or bring it into the school any day that we are open prior to the first day of school.

 

Our records indicate your child has not received one or both  these vaccines. Now is a great time to contact your health care provider to make an appointment. Updated immunization records may be faxed to 712-366-8324, emailed to me at the address below, or brought to the middle school health office.  If you have questions, please call the health office at 712-366-8255 or email me at amy.hallam@lewiscentral.org

 

Thank you

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