Provisional Changes Made to Immunization Requirements
Due to ongoing research into the effectiveness of immunizations against vaccine-preventable diseases, the following provisional changes have been made to immunization requirements (Kansas Administrative Regulations 28-1-20) for the 2019-2020 school year to support the health of children and the school community.
- Hepatitis A: Two doses are required with a minimum of six months between dose one and dose two. This is required for early childhood (pre-kindergarten), kindergarten and first-grade students. It is recommended for all grade levels.
- Meningococcal (A, C, W, Y): One dose is required for seventh-grade students (age 11 and older). The second dose is required for entry into 11th grade (age 16 and older) to complete the two-dose series.
What Does This Mean for Your Child?
If your child is in elementary school, the following grades will be required to provide proof of immunization to Hepatitis A at the start of the 2019-2020 school year in August.
- First grade, and
- Students new to the district regardless of grade.
If your child is in middle school or high school, the following grades will be required to provide proof of immunization to Meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) at the start of the 2019-2020 school year in August.
- Seventh grade (11-plus years old) for dose one and
- 11th grade (16-plus years old) for dose two for students age 16 or older, unless meeting the requirement for the one-dose exception. Speak to the school nurse if you have a question regarding this exception.
Student immunization records are available by signing into the ParentVUE website.
For more information about these and other required and recommended immunizations against vaccine-preventable diseases, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage about vaccines, or visit the Immunization Action Coalition website.
If you have questions regarding immunization requirements for school attendance in fall 2019, please contact your school nurse.