Last year, the Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Immunization issued a new vaccine rule that requires all students entering or transferring into 7th grade and born after September 15, 2004, to show vaccine documentation of having received the meningococcal vaccine. All students entering or transferring into the 12th grade and born after September 15, 1999, will need to show vaccine documentation of two doses of the meningococcal vaccine or one dose if received when the child was 16 years of age or older.
Meningococcal disease is a very serious, potentially, life-threatening disease. The meningococcal vaccine is 85 – 100 percent effective at preventing infection from the subtypes of meningococcus found in the vaccine.
Please check your child’s immunization records. By law, if your 7th grader or 12th grader is not fully immunized for meningitis, they will not be allowed to attend school, sports, and school-related activities starting August 23 (day 1) of the 2018 – 2019 school year. There will be no grace/extension period for this required immunization.
Incoming 7th graders are also required to get the Tdap prior to the start of school.
If they have not had the required vaccine, please set up an appointment with their doctor to get their vaccines up-to-date as soon as possible and before the 2018 – 2019 school year.
For more information about the vaccine please visit the CDC’s website: Information about the Meningococcal Vaccine