New School Immunization Requirements for 2015-2016 School Year Announced

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For Immediate Release: 5/7/2015 New School Immunization Requirements for 2015-2016 School Year Announced Montgomery County health officials urge parents of students entering seventh and eighth grade to be sure their students show proof of vaccination against Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) and Meningococcal meningitis (MCV4) prior to the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Students not in compliance with Maryland vaccination requirements will be excluded from attending school until they provide documentation of the required Tdap and MCV immunizations. The requirements are in place throughout the State of Maryland. School health staff is currently reviewing student health records and parents of current six grade students received a letter recently advising them of the new requirements. Parents should contact their doctor to make sure their child is properly immunized and submit a copy of the documentation to the child’s school health nurse as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, August 31, 2015, the first day of the 2015-2016 school year. Free Tdap and MCV4 immunizations will be offered to incoming seventh grade students on Monday, June 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the following schools: Eastern Middle School, 300 University Blvd., East, Silver Spring Lakelands Park Middle School, 1200 Main Street, Gaithersburg Gaithersburg Middle School, 2 Teachers Way, Gaithersburg An additional vaccination clinic will also be held on Saturday, August 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Montgomery County Public Schools’ Carver Educational Center, located at 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. “Immunizations are an important part of keeping people of all ages healthy,” said County Health Officer Dr. Ulder J. Tillman. “Immunizations should begin at birth and continue throughout a person’s life. By staying current with immunizations, we can protect our families, ourselves and our community.” Appointments are required and can be made at A parent or designated adult must be present with a parent-signed consent form at the time of vaccination. For more information on immunizations, call the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services’ Immunization Program at 240-777-1050 or School Health Services at 240-777-1550. For specific information, parents may contact their child’s school health nurse. # # # Release ID: 15-177 Media Contact: Mary Anderson 240-777-6534]]>

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