New Immunizations Policy set for July 1, 2015

New Immunization Requirements Beginning July 1, 2015.

Important Information for Parents of Kindergarten Students

Children who start kindergarten on or after July 1, 2015 will be required to have additional vaccines to protect them from serious diseases. Kindergartners will now be required to have two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine if they do not have a history of disease documented by a health care provider and the 4th dose of polio vaccine must be given after 4 years of age and before entering school for the first time.

Thanks to the success of vaccines we don’t see these diseases very often; however they do still exist and can cause serious illness, disabilities and even death. Don’t let your child go unprotected. Vaccines are safe and effective. The most common side effects are pain and swelling at the site where the shot was given. Some people may experience a headache and fever. Serious reactions to vaccines are very rare.

Talk with your child’s health care provider or the local health department about vaccines they may need to be protected and for school entry. This is a great chance to get your child to the doctor for a yearly health care visit.

Your child will have to provide proof of vaccination on the first day of school. Please remember to bring your child’s shot record for school entry. You can get your child’s shot record from his/her doctor or the local health department.