The Indiana State Department of Health Immunization Division annually reviews and updates the immunizations required for school entry. Changes to the 2016-2017 School Immunization Requirements are as follows:
Two (2) dose of Hepatitis A vaccine (Hep A) are required for all students entering Kindergarten and 1st and 2nd grade.
All other requirements from the 2015-2016 School Year will remain unchanged.
Other immunizations your physician may recommend for adolescents (if not already given):
Hepatitis A vaccine- recommended to be given routinely to all children 12 months of age and as a catch up to older children, now required in Indiana for all Kindergarten and first grade students. This is a 2 dose series.
HPV vaccine- recommended for girls starting at age 11 to prevent cervical cancer. It is now recommended for boys starting at age 11 to prevent genital warts. This is a 3 dose series.
Men B Vaccine - recommended for ages 16-18 years to prevent Meningitis B disease. This has been the cause for recent outbreaks at colleges and universities. This is a 3 dose series.
What should parents do to make sure their children are properly immunized?
Check your child’s immunization record. It is possible your child has received these vaccines.
If your child has received the vaccines, give the immunization record to the school nurse. Ask your healthcare provider to put immunizations into CHIRP, the statewide immunization registry. This will prevent unnecessary immunizations from being given.
If your child has not received the vaccines, schedule an appointment with your primary care provider. Remember to schedule your appointment early to avoid the last minute rush.
These changes will continue to help Indiana prevent further disease outbreaks that have occurred in our state in recent years.
Indiana State Department of Health, May 2, 2016
Hamilton County Health Department, August 10, 2016