• Immunization Requirements

    Immunizations

    When a student enrolls in school for the first time or any subsequent time and at any level, a parent/guardian must show either that the student has been immunized or that a current religious objection or medical objection is on file.  Religious objections may be signed by a parent/guardian each year.  Medical objections to immunizations must be signed by a physician and parent/guardian each year.  The medical exemption must contain a physician’s certification that a particular immunization is detrimental to the child’s health.   Philosophical objection is not allowed in Indiana. 

    All immunization requirements for the 2017-2018 school year can be found in the document below.  

    2017-2018 School Immunization Requirements 

    Parents need to submit their children’s immunization cards to the school nurse upon receiving any new immunizations.  The shot record must include the student’s name, date of birth, the vaccine given and date (month/day/year) of each vaccine.   

    ** Contact your health care provider for
    vaccine and vaccine related questions. **

  • Immunization Requirements for Students Entering 6th grade in 2016-2017

    School age children entering 6th grade require additional immunizations. Immunization requirements for children 11 years of age and older are as follows:

     

    1. Tdap: Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine. Tdap vaccine protects against 3 serious diseases. The Tdap vaccine takes the place of what used to be called the tetanus booster.

    2. Varicella (chickenpox), or history of disease documented by your physician. Some students have already received 2 varicella vaccines. Check with your health care provider if a second one is needed.

    3. Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4). Preteens need a meningococcal shot when they are 11 years old and then a booster at age 16.

     

    You can also find more about these vaccines on the CDC’s Vaccines for Preteens and Teens website at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/teens  

    We sincerely hope that many parents will start contacting their physicians, the Health Department, or other clinics to get these vaccines before the next school year begins to avoid school exclusion.

    Take a copy of your student’s immunization records. Please provide a copy of the shot record to your school nurse.

    Porter County Health Department

    Portage Office: 219-759-8239 Valparaiso Office: 219-465-3525

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  • Meningococcal Immunization for 12th graders for the 2016-2017 School Year

    Meningococcal (meningitis) disease is a dangerous disease that can strike children and youth. The disease can progress rapidly and within hours of the first symptoms, may result in death or permanent disability including loss of hearing, brain damage, and limb amputations. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/who/teens/vaccines/mening.html

    School age children entering grade 12 require additional immunizations to protect against meningitis. Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4): 2nd dose/booster

    The Porter County Health Department have open appointments now thru the end of May and will be scheduling additional clinic days in July and early August to accommodate the back-to-school rush.

    We sincerely hope that many parents will start contacting their physicians, the Health Department, or other clinics to get this vaccine before the next school year begins to avoid school exclusion.

    Porter County Health Department

    Portage Office: 219-759-8239

    Valparaiso Office: 219-465-3525


     

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