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2017-18 school year immunization requirements for meningococcal vaccine

May 2, 2017

A message from: Jackie Jara-Cole, RN, BSN

"As of September 1, 2016, all students in grades 7, 8 and 12 must have proof of receiving the Meningococcal vaccine in order to attend school.

The health office must receive proof of vaccination by Sept. 25, 2017.

The meningococcal vaccine protects against serious and sometimes deadly diseases such as meningitis (an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and sepsis (blood infections).

 For the 2017-2018 School Year:

  • One dose of meningococcal vaccine is required for students who will be in grades 7 and 8. If your child had the first dose before grade 7, then another dose is not required until grade 12.
  • Two doses will be required before grade 12. Most students entering grade 12 got their first dose when they were younger and are now due for their second dose, or booster. This booster is needed because protection from the vaccine decreases over time.
  • A small number of teens who received two doses before their 16th birthday may need a third dose on or after their 16th birthday in order to enter 12th grade.
  • The only teens who will not need a second dose before 12th grade are those who got their first dose on or after their 16th birthday.

Please check with your health care provider to see whether your child needs the vaccine. Students who are not up to date will not be allowed to attend school until they are vaccinated. Please send a copy of the students updated immunizations records to the Health Office or have them faxed to us at 845-796-5037.

WE MUST HAVE PROOF OF THE VACCINE IN THE HEALTH OFFICE BY SEPTEMBER 25, 2017.

If you have questions or concerns about immunizations, please contact the School Health Office. 845-794-8840 ext. 5"