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New requirements for back-to-school immunizations

07/19/16 LICKING COUNTY, OHIO – The Licking County Health Department (LCHD) urges parents to protect their children against vaccine-preventable diseases through immunization. August is the best time to have a child immunized before heading back-to-school. Please note the new meningococcal vaccination requirement for 7th and 12th graders listed below.
 
Clinic appointments are known to fill up quickly closer to the first day of school. Parents should contact their healthcare provider or the LCHD to ensure all required immunizations have been provided to their child prior to the first day of school. Children who go to school without the required vaccinations risk being excluded from school until all requirements are met. They also risk becoming ill.
 
Incoming kindergarten students are required to have:
  •  2 doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccination (MMR)
  •  2 doses of the Varicella vaccination (chickenpox)
  •  3 doses of the Hepatitis B vaccination
  •  3 – 4 doses of the Polio vaccination (IPV)
  •  4 – 5 doses of the DTaP vaccination (whooping cough)
Incoming 7th Grade students are required to have: 
  • 1 dose of the TDaP vaccination (booster for whooping cough)
  • NEW in 2016: 1 dose of meningococcal vaccination (MCV4)
  • Recommended:
Incoming 12th Grade students are required to have: 
  • NEW in 2016: 2 doses of meningococcal vaccination (MCV4) 
Whooping cough (pertussis) is common in Licking County; vaccination will protect your child and family members.
 
Don’t delay – call your health care provider or the Licking County Health Department today. The LCHD Immunization Clinic can be reached at (740) 349-6535 for an appointment and accepts most major insurance providers. When scheduling the appointment, ask the staff if you are unsure about insurance coverage. No child will be turned away for inability to pay.
 
For more information, visit the nursing page on www.lickingcohealth.org, or ask your healthcare provider.
“The Licking County Health Department serves more than 160,000 citizens in the Licking County General Health District by preventing disease, protecting the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles with a vision of healthy people living in healthy communities.”
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Media Contact: Public Information Officer, obiggs@lickingcohealth.org (740) 349-6488

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