As we begin preparing for the new 2018-2019 school year, it is important that parents are aware of a new immunization law that takes affect with the upcoming school year. The new law addresses two different vaccinations.
* First, all students in Preschool through 12th grade are required to have the Hepatitis A vaccine. The Hepatitis A vaccine consists of two shots that are given six months apart. Students must have the first Hepatitis A shot prior to the beginning of school.
* Secondly, students that are age 16 or older are required to have two Meningitis shots. If students have already received their first Meningitis shot prior to their 16th birthday, they will need a booster shot. If students have received the first Meningitis shot after their 16th birthday, a booster shot is not required.
If your child has already received the vaccinations, please contact your child’s health care provider to obtain a current immunization certificate to furnish to the school. If your child has not received the vaccinations, the school nurses can assist you. The Jackson County High School, in collaboration with the school nurses, will be offering a clinic on Monday, August 6, 2018 from 10:00am until 6:00pm at the Jackson County High School to administer the required vaccinations. The school nurses will also be available during the school year to administer the required vaccinations.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s health care provider or the school nurse at your child’s school.