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New Immunization Regulations

PARENTS NEED TO SCHEDULE SHOTS NOW - School children attending public schools in Kentucky have new immunization requirements to meet beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. Time is of the essence to meet the new expectation.

Effective for the coming academic year, state law requires all students enrolling in public schools to have a Hepatitis A vaccine. It’s important for parents to know the required vaccine now is a two-part immunization series. The two shots must be administered six months apart. Previously, only one dose was required by the state.

The state also will require a Meningococcal ACWY booster for all students aged 16 and older. Like the Hepatitis A vaccine, only a single meningitis dose previously was required for enrollment. If a first meningitis dose was given at age 16 or older, a second dose is not required.

Please DON’T DELAY in getting these vaccines Students will need to have the first dose before End of January and the second dose by August 1st. The new regulations apply not only for public school students in grades K-12, but also for child day care centers, certified family child care homes and preschool programs.

Certification of vaccines received is required on official Commonwealth of Kentucky immunization status forms. While Kentucky does allow both medical and religious exemption from vaccines, official documentation of the exemption status is required.

If you have any questions, please contact your physician, public health department, or school nurse to confirm whether your child has received the vaccines required. Upon receiving vaccines, please bring a copy to the school for the child’s record.

Reprinted with permission from The News-Enterprise, Elizabethtown, Kentucky

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