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Iowa Immunization Requirements for the 2017-2018 School Year


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Changes for all students entering 7th grade in the fall 2017:

The Iowa Department of Public Health has made changes to the Iowa Immunization law for the start of the 2017/18 school year.  This change requires that all students entering 7th grade have both a Meningococcal vaccine and a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis/whopping cough) booster before school starts this fall. 

The Tdap requirement has been put in place since the 2013/14 school year and requires a booster dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria, and acellular Pertussis containing vaccine for students entering 7th grade, regardless of the interval since the last Tetanus/Diphtheria containing vaccine.  Pertussis (whopping cough) is a very contagious disease that causes violent coughing fits that make it hard to breathe. 

Meningococcal disease is a life threatening illness that is caused by bacteria that infects the brain, blood, and spinal cord.  It easily spreads in crowded settings.   The vaccine will be required prior to both the 7th and 12th grades.

All students entering 7th grade must have proof of having both the Meningococcal and the Tdap vaccines BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS IN AUGUST, unless the student has a Certificate of Immunization Exemption. 

There will be NO grace/extension period for the implementation of this requirement.  This means your student MUST HAVE THESE VACCINES or they WILL NOT be able to attend classes until proof of vaccination is provided to the school.

Now is a great time for your child to receive these immunization requirements and beat the back-to-school rush by making an appointment for your incoming 7th grader.

Changes for all students entering 12th grade in the fall 2017

The Iowa Department of Public Health has made changes to the Iowa Immunization law for the start of the 2017/18 school year.  This change requires that all students entering 12th grade have the Meningococcal vaccine before school starts this fall. 

Meningococcal disease is a life threatening illness that is caused by bacteria that infects the brain, blood, and spinal cord.  It easily spreads in crowded settings and typically affects older teens and young adults.  

All students entering 12th grade must have proof of having the Meningococcal vaccine BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS IN AUGUST, unless the student has a Certificate of Immunization Exemption. 

There will be NO grace/extension period for the implementation of this requirement.  This means your student MUST HAVE THESE VACCINES or they WILL NOT be able to attend classes until proof of vaccination is provided to the school.

Now is a great time for your child to receive these immunization requirements and beat the back-to-school rush by making an appointment for your incoming 12th grader.

 

If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact me at 319-695-3707 ext 202, or crystal.lamansky@pekincsd.org.

Thank you for your time and attention to this requirement,


Crystal Lamansky, RN

Pekin K-12 School Nurse

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