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Important message regarding immunization changes

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS

11/1/17

CABINET FOR HEALTH AND FAMILY SERVICES

DEPARTMENT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH

October 9, 2017

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Re: New Kentucky Immunization Requirements for School Entry

A recent amendment to the Kentucky Administrative Regulation on the immunization schedules for attending school added new immunization requirements for the school year beginning on of after July 1, 2018.

 

Effective July 1, 2018:

  • ALL students in kindergarten through twelfth grade must show proof of having received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine to attend school
  • Students aged 16 years or older, must show proof of having received two doses of Meningococcal ACWY vaccine (MenACWY) to attend school.  If the first dose of MenACWY was received at age sixteen (16) years or older, the second dose is not required for school entry.

 

To meet this requirement, a current Certificate of Immunization Status must be provided to the school showing the dates your child received these vaccine(s).  If your child has already received the age-appropriate vaccines for school entry, he or she will not be required to receive the vaccine(s) again.

 

Hepatitis A and MenACWY vaccines are available from your doctor, clinic or healthcare provider and are covered as a no-cost preventive service by most health insurance plans when administered by network providers.  All local health departments administer Hepatitis A and MenACWY vaccines, especially for children who do not have health insurance.  If your child is not up-to-date on immunizations, please contact your healthcare provider or local health department to schedule an appointment or to find out the hours when vaccines are given.

 

Online information about hepatitis A and MenACWY vaccines is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/index.html

 

The actual letters from the Department for Public Health can be found on the right margin. 

The KCSD is asking all parents/guardians to obtain an up to date immunization certificate from your child's healthcare provider. 

Many students have received the Hepatitis A vaccine, but the dates were not indicated on the certificate currently at school. The nurse at your child's school will gladly accept new certificates as soon as they are availble.  Please make a copy or ask the school to make a copy to keep for your records.





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