A special notice from the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department:
New school immunization requirements for 7th and 12th graders could make back-to-school season busier than ever for parents, doctors and the Shots 4 Tots n Teens staff at the health department. Parents are urged to make sure that their child’s immunizations are up-to-date before the start of the new school year.
New for the 2016/2017 school year, Ohio law requires:
7th graders must have 1 dose of Tdap and 1 dose of meningitis vaccine
12th graders must have a booster dose of meningitis vaccine (unless the first dose is given after the student’s 16th birthday)
Evidence of the vaccine must be submitted to your child’s school by October 1, 2016.
According to Dr. David Grossman, health commissioner of the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department: “Although it’s rare, meningitis can be fatal. Protecting our children and community is at the heart of the new requirements for 7th and 12th graders” Prevention of meningococcal disease is critical because it can be mistaken for flu or other viral infections and adolescents and young adults are among those at greatest risk for the disease.
Vaccinations during the teen years helps provide protection against vaccine preventable diseases through adulthood. In addition to the meningitis vaccine, 7th graders are required to receive a Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) vaccine. Parents are encouraged to make a well child appointment with their child’s doctor.
Vaccinations are available through the Shots 4 Tots n Teens immunization clinics for children from birth through 18 years at locations throughout Lucas County. Parents are reminded to bring their child’s shot record and insurance card.
Details are available at www.lucascountyhealth.com or by calling 419-213-4121.
Posted on May 27, 2016