New Immunization Requirement for Seventh-Graders and Seniors

New Immunization Requirement for Seventh-Graders and Seniors
Posted on 06/01/2016
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A new immunization requirement for 7th and 12th graders next school year serves as a good reminder that it’s not too early to begin reviewing your child’s immunization needs.

For all students entering 7th and 12th grade during the 2016-2017 school year, the Ohio Department of Health is now requiring varying doses of the meningitis vaccine. Supply and demand suggest the vaccine may be more difficult to obtain over the summer, so Lakota nurses are recommending you fulfill this requirement as soon as possible.

  • 7th Grade Requirement: One dose of the MCV4 (Meningococcal) vaccine by the start of the 2016-2017 school year. This is an addition to the Tdap (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) booster vaccine that is already required of seventh-graders.
  • 12th Grade Requirement: Two doses of the MCV4 (Meningococcal) vaccine by the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Please keep in mind that the vaccine requires at least eight weeks between the first and second dose. If the first dose was administered on or after your child’s 16th birthday, a second dose is not required.

Immunizations are an important part of public health and keeping your child healthy and safe from life-threatening diseases.  Ohio law requires students and children that attend school to be immunized against certain preventable diseases. Verification of your child’s complete immunization record must be on file with Lakota Local Schools within 14 days of the first day of school.

Immunization questions and documentation can be directed to any Lakota nurse. Click here for a complete list of minimum state required immunizations for the 2016-2017 school year