Parents: As you may have heard, there are new vaccine requirements for school attendance. As a result of House Bill 158, students are now required to be vaccinated against varicella (chickenpox) and must receive a pertussis booster vaccine prior to entering 7th grade. This law goes into effect October 1, 2015. To ensure consistent and accurate information, the Gallatin City-County Health Department would like to offer the following guidance regarding the new school immunization requirements:
Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine
Students in kindergarten through 12th grade will need to have two doses of varicella vaccine.
For students who have had chickenpox, evidence of immunity to varicella virus can be used in lieu of receiving the varicella vaccine. Appropriate evidence of immunity includes:
- Laboratory evidence of immunity or laboratory confirmation of disease
- Diagnosis or verification of a history of varicella disease by a health-care provider (MD, DO, NP, or PA)
- Diagnosis or verification of a history of shingles by a health-care provider (MD,DO, NP, or PA)
Students entering 7th grade are required to have one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine. Students currently in grades 8th-12th who have not yet received their Tdap vaccine will require a single dose of the booster.
If you are unsure if your child meets the new requirements, contact your child’s health care provider or call Gallatin City-County Health Department at 582-3100.
The Gallatin City-County Health Department will be holding Back-to-School Immunization Clinics throughout the remainder of the summer. Click here for the schedule. Appointments can be made by calling 582-3100.
Don’t wait until the last minute to get your child/children up to date on their vaccines!
October 1st will be here before you know it.