All required immunizations and immunization records must be complete and turned into the school clinic no later than 14 days after the first day of school attendance per Ohio state law. Students who do not have the required immunizations and immunization records will be excluded from school. Students who have a religious, philosophical or medical immunization waiver on file, or whose immunizations are incomplete but in process, may remain at school with authorization from the Registered Nurse.
The following documents will be accepted as evidence of a student’s immunization history, provided they comply with State requirements and contain the date when each immunization was administered: an official school record from any school, a record from any public health department, or a certificate signed by a licensed prescriber. Click here for a listing of immunization requirements.
Get Immunizations Now for the 2017-2018 School Year
Immunization Requirements for 7th, 8th and 12th grades
Lakota nurses would like to remind parents and guardians that it is not too early to begin planning for the upcoming school year. Immunizations are an important part of public health and keeping your child healthy and safe from life-threatening diseases. Ohio law requires students and children that attend school to be immunized against certain preventable diseases. The new vaccine required by Ohio law for school entry went into effect in the fall of 2016.
Parents of students who will be entering 7th, 8th or 12th grade next year should pay special attention to the following requirements:
- In December 2015, the Ohio Department of Health added a new immunization requirement for all students entering 7th and 12th grade for 2016-2017 school year. Currently all 7th graders are required to have one (1) dose of MCV4 (Meningococcal) vaccine prior to their entry in the fall. This is an addition to the Tdap (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) booster vaccine that is already required for 7th graders. The requirement is being enforced progressively; therefore, for next school year 7-8th grades students and 12th grade students, 7-9th grade and 12th grade students in 2018, 7-10th and 12th grades students in 2019, 7-11th and 12th grade students in 2020 and 7-12th grade students in 2021.
- The entering 12th graders next year are required to have two doses of MCV4 (Meningococcal) vaccine.
- Recommended MCV4 (Meningococcal) vaccine has a minimum interval of at least eight weeks between dose one and dose two. If the first dose dose of MCV4 was administered on or after the 16th birthday, a second dose is not required.
If you have an updated immunization record reflecting the new immunization requirements, please forward it to your current building nurse.