Vaccinations required for next school year


A must for incoming grades K, 7 and 12

PIQUA — Various immunizations are required for all incoming kindergartners, seventh graders and 12th graders, according to a list of requirements for each grade level issued by the Ohio Department of Health.

“Each year we have many students who fail to turn in immunizations/receive booster shots before the start of the school year,” said Liana Michael, RN, BSN, and nurse at Piqua High and Piqua Junior High schools.

“Despite all of our efforts through social media, instant connect calls, and letters home we still have students/parents who fail to meet the deadline. If students do not have all of the required immunizations/paperwork within the first 14 days of school, they are recommended for exclusion until the requirements are met.”

The requirements for each grade are as follows:

Incoming kindergartners:

  • DTP (Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis): five doses, unless the fourth dose was given after the child’s fourth birthday.
  • Polio (IVP/OVP): four doses, unless the third dose was given after the child’s fourth birthday
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): two doses
  • Varicella (Chickenpox): two doses
  • Hepatitis B: three doses minimum; some children may have four

Most students will also have vaccinations for HIB (Haemophilus Influenza Type B), Hepatitis A, Influenza, RotoVirus, and Pneumonia. Though these are not on the requirement list, they are recommended.

Incoming seventh graders:

  • Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis): This is a booster your child needs before the start of the school year. They may get this at their 12-year well check during their sixth-grade year.
  • MCV4 (Meningitis/Meningococcal): This is the first dose of a two-part series. They need this first dose before the start of the school year. They may get this at their 12-year well check during their sixth-grade year.

Some students may receive the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) at this time as well as any recommended vaccinations they may not have had because they were not available or required when they entered kindergarten.

Incoming seniors:

  • MCV4 (Meningitis/Meningococcal): This is the second dose of the two-part series, however, this requirement is only two years old so some students may only get one dose after their 16th birthday.

Some students may receive the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) at this time as well as any recommended vaccinations they may not have had because they were not available or required when they entered kindergarten.

Required vaccinations can be obtained at your primary care physician’s office, Miami County Public Health ( 573-3520); The Little Clinic at Kroger; and most local pharmacies.

A must for incoming grades K, 7 and 12

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