CDC UPDATE ON MEASLES (2/2015) Information for parents
SENIOR YEAR REQUIREMENT New this year, the State of Indiana has added a requirement for all 12th grade students to receive a booster meningococcal vaccine, which protects against bacterial meningitis. Bacterial meningitis is rare but exceptionally severe-infected people can die within 24 hours, and many suffer limb amputations due complications of to the disease. Research has shown that protection that students receive at 6th grade entry wears off after a few years, which is why a booster dose is indicated, to extend protection into the years in which young adults are most at-risk of acquiring meningitis.
KINDERGARTEN REQUIREMENT All K students now must have received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine. This is not required yet at other grade levels. Hepatitis A is a liver infection that is usually linked to improperly handled food.
SIXTH-GRADE REQUIREMENT There are no changes at the 6th grade level; all incoming students must have had Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis), MCV-4 (meningitis), and varicella vaccine (or history of chickenpox disease).
Contact your health care provider NOW if your student does not yet have the required vaccines for school entrance. Your child may be excluded from school. Those who have no health insurance, or who have Medicaid or Hoosier HealthWise insurance, may visit the Montgomery County Free Clinic, 116 Mill Street, 362-3244. Shots are given at no charge to those who qualify every Tuesday morning.