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New Immunizations Requirements for Students in Kentucky

Starting July 1, 2018, the state of Kentucky will be requiring all students to provide proof of having received two doses of hepatitis A vaccine to attend school. Since the minimum spacing between the two doses is six months, families are asked to complete the following steps as soon as possible to ensure their child is compliant with this new regulation prior to the start of the new school year on August 8, 2018:
  • Consult with your child's healthcare provider to ensure that these vaccines have been given to your child, or make an appointment to begin the vaccination series. 
  • Obtain an updated Kentucky Immunization Certificate from your provider.
  • Turn in a copy of a current Immunization to your child's school. 
 
 All students age 16 and older must show proof of having received two doses of meningococcal ACWY vaccine (also called MenACWY or Meningitis Booster) to attend school. This is required even if the student received the booster between the ages of 11 and 15.  If your child has not previously received a dose of the vaccine and is age 16 or older, only one dose is required.
 
Prior to the start of the new school year on August 8, 2018:
  • Consult with your child's healthcare provider to ensure that these vaccines have been given to your child, or make an appointment to begin the vaccination series. 
  • Obtain an updated Kentucky Immunization Certificate from your provider.
  • Turn in a copy of a current Immunization to your child's school. 
 
 A current Certificate of Immunization Status must be provided to the school showing the date your child received these vaccines. If  your  child has already received the age-appropriate vaccines for school entry, he or she will not be required to receive the vaccine(s) again.

 

Acute hepatitis A disease has been in the news in the last several months because of a large outbreak in California caused by the contagious and easily spread hepatitis A virus. Most children with hepatitis A infection have no characteristic symptoms but can easily spread the virus to others. Children with acute hepatitis A disease can have fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea. vomiting, joint pain, stomach pains and diarrhea, or jaundice. Acute liver failure and/or death can occur in the most severe cases.

 

MenACWY vaccine prevents diseases caused by Neisseria meningitis, a type of bacteria that is spread from person to person. Acute illness can appear mild at first, but can progress rapidly, becoming very serious and deadly in a matter of hours.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) recognize immunization as one of the most effective tools in preventing disease and reducing the risks associated with exposure to certain diseases.  KRS 214.036 requires parents who object to immunization of their child to provide a written sworn statement objecting to immunization of the child on religious grounds. This information can be found online at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services / Department of Public Health website: http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/epi/Immunization.htm.

 

Click HERE for more Information from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services / Department of Public Health 

 
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