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New Immunization Requirements from KY Dept of Health

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There are new immunizations requirements starting the next school year of 2018-2019.

Effective July 1, 2018:

• ALL students in (K-12) kindergarten through twelfth grade must show proof of having received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine to attend school.  Please note that these doses are given approximately six months apart from each other, so the first one must take place soon in order to get the second dose by the start of 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.

If you would like for our school-based HealthPoint Family Care Center to provide these vaccines for your child, you may enroll them for these services.  The KY Dept of Health Letter and HealthPoint Enrollment Form can be found HERE.

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

More information is available via the links below:

Immunization Requirements for School Age Children

Immunization Requirements For Preschool Age Children

Kentucky Immunization Schedule





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