Important changes in student immunization requirements

| March 29, 2017

Solanco High School nurse Andrea Cook is informing parents of changes to school immunization requirements that have been implemented by the PA Department of Health.

Second MCV for seniors: All students who will be seniors in the 2017-2018 school year will need a second meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV) by the first day of school in August, unless the student received their first MCV at age 16 or older.

“If your child has received a second MCV since turning 16, please contact the Solanco High School Health Room so we can update the information,” Cook requested. “If your child has not received a second MCV, you will need to have your child immunized by the first day of the 2017-2018 school year.”

The provisional period for obtaining required immunizations has been changed. Students who do not have the required vaccine by the beginning of the school year will be excluded from school beginning on the fifth day of the school year. “Parents may still obtain medical, religious, or philosophical exemption that would exclude their children from the stipulated requirements.” Cook said.

Vaccines for Children (VFC) program: The PA Department of Health and Solanco are collaborating to offer a
federally-funded School Immunization Catch-Up Program that provides MCV to schools for their students who meet the following requirements:

**  Health insurance does not cover vaccines.
**  No insurance, or underinsured.
**  Medicaid eligible or enrolled patient.
**  American Indian.
**  Alaskan Native.

Parents with children eligible for the VFC program, or anyone with questions about the new immunization requirements, are asked to email Andrea Cook or call her at the high school at 786-2151, ext. 8170, by April 5.

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Keith Kaufman is the Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District. 786-5617.

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