Important 2011-2012 Immunization Information: 2011-2012 Immunization Information
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New! SCHOOL CLINIC GUIDELINES
It is time to begin preparation for the new school year. Please make sure you fill out the Emergency Medical Form completely and list contact numbers for emergencies or illness. Also please make sure your child is up to date on their immunizations prior to the first day of school.
If your child will need ANY medications during the school year, we must have a written physicians’ order prior to administration. This is inclusive of asthmatic meds, Tylenol, Motrin, Midol, Tums, diabetes medicine, etc… The forms are available online on the school website under “download forms”. Please notify your child’s bus driver of any medical related information that is pertinent for a safe bus ride, such as any allergies, asthma, diabetes, etc.
We have been notified by the Ohio Department of Health of new immunization requirements for the 2011-12 school year. Please review the following information to ensure that your child is up to date on their required immunizations. Here is the annual update of the Immunization Summary for Child Care, Head Start, and Pre-School & School Attendance for the 2011-12 school year:
· The addition of a Tdap booster requirement for 7th grade
· The addition of the 2nd dose of varicella
· A requirement that the 4th dose of polio be administered on or after the 4th birthday
The most significant change for schools is that all 7th graders will be required to have the Tdap – a tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis booster. As with other school immunization requirements, students who do not provide documentation of this immunization are subject to exclusion from school. Here are some points of clarification:
· Any student who completed the original DTP/DTaP/DT series and later received Td or Tdap for an injury or other reason within 5 years of entering 7th grade will meet this requirement and not need to be re-immunized for entry to 7th grade. In this situation, students who received only Td rather than Tdap should be immunized with Tdap 5 years after the Td immunization.
· CDC has said that Tdap can be administered as soon as two years after Td.
· In the absence of contraindications, parents should be encouraged to get Tdap as a booster for their students rather than only Td.
We are requesting that you make sure your child is up to date on their shots and that you provide written proof of this to the School nurse as soon as possible prior to your child’s 7th grade year.
For more information you may contact me during school hours at (937) 289-2109, ext 2404 or call the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Immunization Program hotline at 800-282-0546. Further information can also be found on the ODH web site at: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhPrograms/idc/immunize/imunchsc.aspx
Cindy Stenger, RN M.Ed