From The Nurse
Hamilton County Public Health will come to South Hamilton to do a Tdap (if needed) & Meningococcal (current qualifying 6th graders) and meningococcal only (current qualifying 11th graders) vaccine clinic soon.
Permission forms are going home with each of those students this week & are due back to the nurse by ***Friday, March 10***. HCPH will be notified of the count of students, order vaccine, & then set the time/date. We will likely plan for April. The form used is the same for each grade level and you may print one from this page.
Remember that there is NO GRACE PERIOD ALLOWED BY LAW for the new, mandated meningococcal vaccine.
You must present proof of vaccine or a waiver by the start of the fall semester 2017-18 in order to be admitted into 7th & 12th grades.
From the School Nurse
Health Requirements for Next Fall (2017-18)
PS – Required immunizations
PK –Required immunizations (same as K)
K – Vision screen certificate, Dental screen certificate, required immunizations
3rd grade – Vision screen certificate
7th grade – Tdap & NEW MenACWY vaccine (1 dose) if DOB is after 9/15/04 BY FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL ***NO GRACE PERIOD GRANTED BY LAW***
12TH GRADE – NEW MenACWY vaccine (2 doses, or 1 if given on or after age 16) if DOB is after 9/15/99 BY FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL***NO GRACE PERIOD GRANTED BY LAW***
For the 2017/18 school year, and all future school years, all students entering into 7th grade and born after 9/15/2004, will need proof of one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY). All students entering into 12th grade, and born after 9/15/1999, will need proof of 2 doses of meningococcal (A,C,W,Y) vaccine; or 1 dose if received when the student was 16 years of age or older.
Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY) provides protection against 4 serogroups (A, C, W, & Y) that cause serious, life-threatening illness. Meningococcal bacteria are spread via upper respiratory droplets, such as saliva. Mortality is about 10-15% even with appropriate treatment. Of those who recover, up to 20% suffer from serious after-effects such as permanent hearing loss, limb loss, or brain damage. Meningococcal vaccines are safe and have been found to be 85-100% effective in preventing infection from these 4 subtypes. (Info from IDPH)
***PLEASE NOTE: Per Iowa Law, THERE IS NO GRACE/EXTENSION PERIOD for implementation of this requirement. The proof MUST be presented by the start of the school year in order to be enrolled in school. You may present a Certificate of Exemption (Medical from a physician; or notarized religious waiver), if you so desire. If your child already has an exemption on file, you do NOT need a new/additional one.
If you have any questions, please contact me & I’ll do my best to answer them. I have included a Q & A from the IDPH website for you: Question and Answer Sheet .
For incoming 7th graders, remember, too, that there is a requirement of a Tdap booster due before entering school.
***Hamilton County Public Health is planning on doing a clinic here at South Hamilton sometime this spring to get current qualifying 6th graders & 11th graders caught up on this new vaccine, as well as the required Tdap. Info will be posted as soon as details are available.***
OTHERWISE…As you get sports physicals lined up & other doctor’s visits, please be proactive so your child does not have to miss school at the beginning of the year.
Other requirements of which to take note:
For incoming 9th graders: the Dental screen certificate is required, as well.