New vaccination requirements for students

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Kathy Cole, Director of Health Services for the Switzerland County School Corporation, would like to inform the community that the Indiana State Department of Health has issued new requirements for student vaccinations for the next school year. The charges concern the Hepatitis A vaccinations. For some grade levels, two vaccinations for Hepatitis A will be required, and those vaccinations need to be separated by six months; so the notice now allows parents to check and see if their child has had the necessary vaccinations; or gives them time to meet the new requirement before the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year in August.

The two vaccinations for Hepatitis A were required for students entering kindergarten through fourth grade; sixth grade; and 12th grade.

Here’s a listing of the vaccinations that students need:

– For 3-5 year olds: REQUIRED: 3 Hepatitis B; 4 DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis); 3 Polio; 1 Varicella (chicken pox); and 1 MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella). RECOMMENDED: Annual influenza.

– For kindergarten through 4th grade: REQUIRED: 3 Hepatitis B; 5 DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis); 4 Polio; 2 Varicella (chicken pox); 2 MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella); and 2 Hepatitis A. RECOMMENDED: Annual influenza.

– For 5th grade: REQUIRED: 3 Hepatitis B; 5 DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis); 4 Polio; 2 Varicella (chicken pox); and 2 MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella). RECOMMENDED: Annual influenza and 2 Hepatitis A.

– For 6th grade: REQUIRED: 3 Hepatitis B; 5 DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis); 4 Polio; 2 Varicella (chicken pox); 2 MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella); 2 Hepatitis A; 1 MCV4 (Meningococcal); and 1 Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis). RECOMMENDED: Annual influenza and 2 HPV (Human Papilloma virus).

– For 7th-11th grade: REQUIRED: 3 Hepatitis B; 5 DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis); 4 Polio; 2 Varicella (chicken pox); 2 MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella); 1 MCV4 (Meningococcal); and 1 Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis). RECOMMENDED: Annual influenza; 2 Hepatitis A; and 2/3 HPV (Human Papilloma virus).

– For 12th grade: REQUIRED: 3 Hepatitis B; 5 DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis); 4 Polio; 2 Varicella (chicken pox); 2 MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella); 2 Hepatitis A; 2 MCV4 (Meningococcal); and 1 Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis). RECOMMENDED: Annual influenza; 2 MenB (Meningococcal); and 2/3 HPV (Human Papilloma virus).

– NOTE: the number of doses denotes the number of cumulative doses needed.

For more information or for questions, contact the school that your child will attend or is attending.