Before incoming 7th and 12th grade students can begin school in the fall (2017-18 school year), they must meet the new mandatory state meningococcal vaccination requirement. Students without proof of vaccination, or a state exemption, will not be allowed to attend classes in the fall. The state immunization rules require:
- Students entering 7th grade (if born after September 15, 2004) – 1 dose of meningococcal vaccine received on or after age of 10 – a booster dose will be needed at age 16.
In addition, all incoming 7th graders need proof of receiving the Tdap vaccine. The Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis booster vaccination has been required by the state for school attendance since the 2013/14 school year.
- Students entering 12th grade (if born after September 15, 1999) – 2 doses of meningococcal vaccines, or one dose if a dose was received when student was 16 years of age or older.
If you have a student that will be entering 7th or 12th grade in the 2017-18 school year, please check with your primary healthcare provider NOW about meningococcal vaccination (and Tdap vaccine for incoming 7th graders). You may bring in proof of meningococcal/Tdap immunization to your student’s school health office at any time before the end of this school year.
If you do not have a primary healthcare provider please contact your school nurse for assistance, the District’s Metro Care Connection school-based health clinics at 319-558-2481 or Linn County Public Health at 319-892-6000.