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New shots required by state
Trinity Standard - August 2009
TRINITY – A vaccination clinic to help local parents meet new state requirements will be offered by the Trinity Independent School District on Monday, Aug. 17, at the Lansberry Elementary School cafeteria.
The clinic will be from 1-3 p.m. with vaccinations being offered for $10 each.
“The state health department is providing us with the vaccine at a discounted price so we can do this,” TISD Nurse Misty Coleman said this week.
She noted the vaccination clinic is primarily designed for students who will be entering either kindergarten or seventh grade when school opens on Aug. 24.
“Under a new state law, parents will have 30 days from the time their child enters school to get these shots. Those who do not have the required vaccinations will not be allowed to continue in school,” she said.
Those planning to take advantage of the TISD vaccination clinic are asked to bring a copy of their child’s shot record with them so the nurse can confirm what vaccinations will be needed to comply with the law.
“There are some vaccinations that the state used to recommend but that are now required,” she said.
State mandated vaccinations include:
• Hepatitis A Vaccine: All students entering kindergarten will be required to have two doses.
• Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine: All students entering kindergarten will be required to have two doses.
• Varicella Vaccine: All students entering kindergarten and seventh grade will be required to have two doses. A written statement from a parent or guardian, school nurse or doctor attesting to a child’s positive history of chickenpox or of varicella immunity is acceptable in lieu of either dose of vaccine.
• Tetanus, Diptheria and accellular pertussis-containing vaccine (Tdap): All students entering the seventh grade will be required to have two doses. Seventh graders will be required to have a booster dose of Tdap only if it has been five years since their last dose of a tetamus-containing vaccine. Students in grade 8-12 are required to have a booster dose of Tdap if it has been 10 years since their previous dose.
• Meningococcal Vaccine: Students entering seventh grade will be required to have one dose.