Is your child ready for school?


Susan Young - Contributing Columnist



Effective with the 2016/2017 school year, all incoming seventh grade and 12th grade students in Ohio schools must have proof that they have age-appropriate meningococcal (serogroups A, C, W, and Y) vaccine(s).

Students entering seventh grade are required to have at least one dose of meningococcal vaccine prior to entry. Students entering 12th grade must have a second dose of meningococcal vaccine, with a minimum interval between doses of eight weeks prior to entry. If the first dose of meningococcal vaccine was administered after the 16th birthday, a second dose is not required. If a 12th grade student is 15 years of age or younger, only one dose is required.

One dose of Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis, adolescent and adult formulation) or Td (Tetanus and diphtheria, adult) vaccine shall be required prior to entry into the seventh grade also. This dose is intended to be administered as a booster dose for students who have completed the required doses of the initial series of DTap/DT/Td vaccine.

A special clinic will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3 by appointment for those entering seventh and 12th grade. Additional recommended vaccines including Gardasil 9, hepatitis A, meningococcal B, and varicella will also be available. Please bring your child’s immunization record to this clinic as well as their insurance card.

All children entering kindergarten are required to provide evidence of having been immunized appropriately.

A copy of your child’s immunizations must be given to the school prior to the first day of school year 2016. If your child already meets this requirement please send his/her immunization record to the school office as soon as possible.

Please check with your physician or the health department at 740-852-3065 to verify your child’s immunization status and schedule an appointment if necessary. Your health department is here to assist you to make sure all your vaccine needs are met. No one is turned away due to inability to pay.

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Susan Young

Contributing Columnist

Susan Young is the director or nursing at the Madison County/London City Health District. She can be reached at 740-852-3065, ext. 1526.

Susan Young is the director or nursing at the Madison County/London City Health District. She can be reached at 740-852-3065, ext. 1526.