May 28, 2015

New School Immunization Requirements for 2015-2016 School Year Announced

Montgomery County health officials urge parents of students entering seventh and eighth grades to be sure their children show proof of vaccination against Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) and Meningococcal meningitis (MCV4) prior to the start of the 2015-2016 school year.

Students not in compliance with Maryland vaccination requirements will not be allowed to attend school until they provide documentation of the required Tdap and MCV immunizations. The requirements are in place throughout the State of Maryland.

School health staff is reviewing student health records, and parents of current sixth-grade students received a letter recently advising them of the new requirements.

Parents should contact their doctors to make sure their children are properly immunized and submit a copy of the documentation to the children’s school health nurse as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, August 31 -- the first day of the 2015-2016 school year.

Free Tdap and MCV4 immunizations will be offered to incoming seventh-grade students on Monday, June 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. at specified schools throughout the County.

Appointments are required and can be made at montgomerycountymd.gov/VaccineClinic. A parent or designated adult must be present with a parent-signed consent form at the time of vaccination.

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