Harford County Public Schools posted the following message on Facebook today announcing new Maryland immunization requirements for students beginning next school year:
Parents/guardians of current 6th grade students: Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, new immunizations are required for all children entering 7th grade. One Tdap vaccination and one meningococcal vaccination are now required. Look for a letter with more details in your child’s backpack today. Also, information is available on our website: www.hcps.org/vaccinations. If you have questions about immunizations that are required for school, please call your child’s doctor or the school nurse.
The letter from HCPS appears below:
Mary Nasuta RN, MS, NCSN, Nurse Coordinator
Ph. 410-588-5361 email@example.com
April 3, 2014
Dear Parent or Guardian,
Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, there are new immunization requirements for children entering 7th grade.
• All students entering 7th grade must have had one Tdap vaccination and one meningococcal vaccination.
These new requirements are in addition to the existing school immunization requirements.
According to Maryland School Immunization Regulations (COMAR 10.06.04), to be allowed in school, students must be immunized according to the Maryland Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule. A child has up to 20 days from the start of school to show proof of vaccinations. Your child may not be allowed in school without these vaccinations.
You should work with your child’s doctor to get his/her immunization record or the vaccinations that are missing. You may bring a copy of your Tdap and meningococcal shot documentation to your school nurse at this time in preparation for the 2014-2015 school year.
If you have questions about immunizations that are required for school, please call your child’s doctor or the school nurse.
Mary Nasuta, RN, MS, NCSN