New immunization requirements set for fall enrollment

CHARLES TOWN — School officials in Jefferson County want to alert parents of new shot requirements that will take effect with the start of the 2012-2013 school year.

Before students can enter 7th grade, they must show proof of a booster dose of Tdap vaccine (which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough) and a dose of the meningococcal vaccine.

Seniors will need to show proof of a single dose of Tdap vaccine and a booster dose of the meningococcal vaccine, if the first dose was given before the student’s 16th birthday.

(If the first does was given after the 16th birthday, then a booster dose of meningococcal is not required.)

Parents are urged to take their teens to their health care provider to ensure the new requirements are met. Teens with no health care provider may contact the Jefferson County Health Department at 304-728-8416.

Special clinics have been set for April and May. Questions about this immunization program should be directed to Lisa Carper, coordinator of Student Support Services, at 304-728-9235.

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