Attention Parents of 11th Graders
NEW 12th Grade Immunization REQUIREMENTS
Per Iowa law, at the start of the 2017-18 school year, 12th grade students born after September 15, 1999, will be REQUIRED to have at least one meningococcal vaccine after the age of 16 (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 may not be able to come to school on the first day of the 2017-18 school year if parents have not provided documentation that their child has received the meningococcal shot.
Your student may have already received this shot 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 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.