Parents Reminded of School Immunization Requirements

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Published on July 21, 2010 with No Comments

INDIANAPOLIS – State health officials are reminding parents of school immunization requirements for the 2010-2011 school year, which include some additional vaccinations. Parents should ensure their children are up-to-date before the start of the next school year.

“Diseases like chickenpox, meningitis, and pertussis are not diseases of the past,” said Joan Duwve, M.D., medical director for Immunizations at the Indiana State Department of Health. “They are still with us and circulating in Indiana schools.”

Dr. Duwve reports during the previous six months there have been six confirmed outbreaks of chickenpox at schools in Indiana. In addition, there has been an increase in pertussis (whooping cough) activity in the state. Of the 391 reported cases in 2009, 174 were among school-aged children (ages 5-19).

In addition to the previously required immunizations, students entering grades 6 through 12 must have appropriate documentation of the following vaccinations: Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, accellular pertussis) vaccine, MCV4-(Menactra or Menveo)(meningococcal conjugate) vaccine, and two varicella (chickenpox) vaccinations, appropriately spaced, per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Children entering preschool or kindergarten at an accredited K-12 school must now have two appropriately documented varicella (chickenpox) vaccines, separated by at least three months.

Parents can find out all the immunizations their children need for school, based on age, by visiting the Indiana State Department of Health’s Website at:, or calling 1-800-701-0704.

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