By State law, your child must have a minimum number of REQUIRED doses of vaccine to attend school. Parents MUST provide records, within two weeks of enrolling, that indicate the shots are complete or are in process.
Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, a new immunization requirement has been added. All students entering seventh grade are required to be vaccinated with one (1) dose of meningococcal vaccine prior to the start of the school year. All students entering the 12th grade are required to be vaccinated with two (2) doses meningococcal vaccine prior to the start of the school year. Parents must provide proof of the meningococcal immunization to their child's middle or high school on or before the first day of school in August.
Ohio law also requires all students entering the seventh grade to receive a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) booster immunization before the start of the school year. Parents must present proof of the Tdap immunization to their child's middle school on or before the first day of school in August. Students can receive the booster shot from their primary care physician or at local clinics and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile locations.
Immunization requirements for preschool-aged children has also changed for the 2016-2017 school year. They now include Hepatitis A, Influenza, Pneumococcal Disease, and Rotovirus. Please review the recommended immunizations on the chart/list below.
For additional information, please review the Immunizations for School Attendance summary and the 2016 Recommended Immunizations for Children from Birth through Six Years Old.
For questions about immunization, please contact your school nurse. Students may receive immunizations from your family doctor, neighborhood clinic, or local health department. You can contact the Franklin County Public Health at (614) 525-3719 for clinic locations and times or check their Web site at Franklin County Public Health. Columbus Health Department can be reached at (614) 645-7945 or on the web at www.publichealth.columbus.gov. Click on 'immunizations' for information about the immunization program.
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