Health Team

Parents reminded of new immunization rules

Posted May 27, 2008

— Students returning to classes in September may need additional shots, according to the state health department.

According to rules that went into effect Jan. 1, 2008, students will need a booster of the Tdap vaccine, which prevents against tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis.

Public school students entering the sixth grade will be required to have the booster if it has been five years since their last dose.

Students in private schools, or those that are home-schooled, will be required to have the booster once they reach the age or 12, or five years after a previous dose.

College students will be required to have a booster if they have not had the vaccine in the previous 10 years.

All students are also required to receive two doses of the mumps vaccine before they begin school for the first time. Most children already get both doses as part of regular childhood immunizations, so the rule mainly applies to children who received single antigen doses of the vaccine.

“Since these vaccinations are required, students will be able to receive the booster dose of Tdap and the second dose of mumps for free,” said State Health Director Dr. Leah Devlin.

“Parents simply need to set up an appointment with their child’s physician or local health department to receive the immunization prior to school entry. The vaccine will be provided at no charge; however, the physician may charge a small fee to administer it.”


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  • Glass Half Full May 27, 2008

    Nope, they're not going to charge another OV - but they're also not going to compensate me for having to take time off work again to bring my child in. But that's ok, my youngun' comes first - as my X! LOL!

  • NCMOMof3 May 27, 2008

    glasshalffull, now you have to pay another office visit fee?

  • Been there once May 27, 2008

    Twenty years ago, when my daughter was entering first grade, the state government decided to give children an extra DPT booster. My Peditritian would not give my daughter her's for 2 reasons. 1. She had already had the required dose and the Physicians were not consulted about if this was really needed. The law was just passed because people were not getting their children vaccinated so everyone how had to have and extra. 2 Because she had sever local reactions to the vaccine. So your doctors office just may have been telling the truth. They may not have been asked their opinion and they may just have found out. PS we got the shot the next year.....DT shot reaction.

  • Glass Half Full May 27, 2008

    My child is entering 6th grade for the '08-'09 school year. Went to the doctor last week to get the booser and was refused. Was told I didn't know what I was talking about. Went home, located the info on the web, emailed it to the office manager, and got a reply that they had just received the info that day about the new regulations. Am I buying the excuse?