7th Grade Iowa Immunization Law

  • Required Immunizations for 7th Graders

    • Meningococcal Vaccine
      Per Iowa law, at the start of the 2017-18 school year, 7th-grade students will be REQUIRED to have a meningococcal vaccine (to prevent meningitis, a bacteria that infects the brain, blood, and spinal cord).  This is a new requirement for the 2017-18 school year.  According to the new state law, students that have not received the immunization will not meet the mandatory immunization requirement and no grace period to catch-up will be given.  Students will not be able to come to school after the Department of Public Health's audit of records (November and December 2017) if parents have not provided documentation that their child has received the meningococcal shot.   

    • Tdap Vaccine
      Since the 2013-14 school year, 7th-grade students are REQUIRED to have a Tdap booster (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis/whooping cough).  Your student may have already received these shots during their regular physical exam.  

    • You can check your child’s immunization record or call their health care provider to find out if they had the Tdap booster and meningitis shot and make an appointment if needed.  Please turn in a new “Certificate of Immunization” that shows documentation that these vaccines were given. Johnson County Public Health also provides the immunizations at no cost to children with or without health insurance.  Please call (319) 356-6042 to make an appointment.  

    Please contact your school nurse or Jessica Jimmerson, Health Services Specialist at (319) 688-1000 or jimmerson.jessica@iowacityschools.org with any questions.