NEW VACCINATION REQUIREMENT FOR
THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR
The Iowa Department of Public Health has made changes to the Iowa Immunization Law for the start of 2017-18 school year. This change requires Meningococcal (A,C,W,Y) vaccine for all students enrolling in 7th and 12 grades in addition to previous vaccination requirements.
*For students entering 7th grade (born after September 15, 2004), they will be required to have one dose of meningococcal vaccine (after the age of 10) to enter school.
*For students entering 12th grade (born after September 15, 1999), they will be required to have two doses of meningococcal vaccine to enter school, or one dose if received when the student was 16 years of age or older.
NOTE: There is no grace/extension period for this new vaccine requirement, what this means is that the law requires students be excluded from school if they have not received the immunization by the first day of school.
Please contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible to schedule these vaccinations. As a reminder please have your provider send an updated immunization record to school OR bring the updated record to school prior to the start of the school year.
If questions contact your school’s health office or for additional information regarding the Meningococcal Vaccine Secondary School Requirement, please visit: http://www.idph.iowa.gov/immtb/immunization/laws or Frequently asked Questions : http://www.idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/userfiles/39/Mening%20School%20Requirement%20Q%20%26%20A%202-10-17%20Final.pdf