NOTICE TO CURRENT 11TH GRADE STUDENTS
SOON TO BE 12TH GRADE STUDENTS FALL 2018
The Ohio Department of Health has revised the school immunization requirements for all pupils entering the 7th and 12th grade. This new requirement, which began with the 2016-17 school year, requires all pupils entering the 7th and 12th grade be vaccinated against meningococcal disease.
One (1) dose of the meningococcal vaccine is required prior to entry into the 7th grade. A second (2nd) dose of the vaccine is required prior to entry into the 12th grade. The second (2nd) dose must be administered on or after the 16th birthday. The school requirement vaccine is the MCV4 (brand name Menveo, Menactra, etc.).
You are receiving this notice now to provide you with an opportunity to have your child immunized before school starts. Your current eleventh grade student will need to show proof of having received this dose before entering school in the fall of 2018. Please plan to visit the Gallia County Health Department or contact your doctor to schedule an appointment. Immunizations are given Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:00pm at the Gallia County Health Department, located at 499 Jackson Pike, Suite d. Please be sure to have a current shot record and parent or legal guardian present. Immunizations are provided FREE of charge to children who quality for “Vaccines for Children” (VFC) through 18 years of age. Medicaid and Private insurance accepted.
If you have any questions regarding the new requirements or recommendations, please contact the Gallia County Health Department (740) 446-2950 or your school nurse.
***THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL BE OFFERING AN EVENING IMMUNIZATION CLINIC MAY 8TH 4:00-6:00PM.
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Meningococcal Vaccines for Preteens and Teens Information Sheet for Parents
Why does my child need to be vaccinated?
Meningococcal vaccines help protect against the bacteria that case meningococcal disease. These infections don’t happen very often, but can be very dangerous when they do. Meningococcal disease refers to any illness that is caused by Neisseria Meningitidis bacteria. The two most severe and common illnesses caused by these bacteria include infections of the fluid and lining around the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and bloodstream infections (bacteremia or septicemia). Even if they get treatment, about 10 to 15 out of 100 people with meningococcal disease will die from it.
Meningococcal disease can spread from person to person. The bacteria that cause this infection can spread when people have close or lengthy contact with someone’s saliva, like through kissing or coughing, especially if they are living in the same place. Teens and young adults are at increased risk for meningococcal disease.
Meningococcal disease can become very serious, very quickly. The meningococcal vaccine is the best way to protect teens from getting meningococcal disease.
When should my child be vaccinated?
All 11 to 12 years olds should be vaccinated with a single dose of a quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine. Older teens need a second shot when they are 16 years old so they stay protected when their risk is the highest.
Teen who got meningococcal vaccine for the first time when they were 13, 14 or 15 years old should still get the booster shot when they are 16 years old. If your older teen didn’t get the meningococcal shot at all, you should talk to their doctor about getting it as soon as possible.
Teens and young adults (16 through 23 years old) may also be vaccinated with a serogroup-B meningococcal vaccine (2 or 3 doses) depending on brand), preferable at 16 through 18 years old. Talk with your doctor or nurse about meningococcal vaccination to help protect your child’s health.
What else should I know about the vaccination?
Like many vaccines, meningococcal shots may cause mild side effects, like redness and soreness where the shot was given (usually in the arm). Note that both meningococcal vaccines can be given during the same visit, but in different arms. Some preteens and teen might faint after getting a meningococcal vaccine or any shot. To help avoid fainting, preteens and teens should sit or lie down when they get a shot and then for about 15 minutes after getting the shot.
How can I get help paying for these vaccines?
The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program provides vaccines for children ages 18 years and younger, who are uninsured, Medicaid eligible, American Indian or Alaska Native. You can find out more about the VFC program by going online to www.cdc.gov and typing VFC in the search box.
Where can I learn more?
Talk to your child’s doctor or nurse to learn more about meningococcal vaccines and the other vaccines that your child may need. You can also find out more about these vaccines on CDC’s Vaccines for Preteens and Teens website at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/teens.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION