•   Required Immunization for Students Entering Grade 6 in September

     

    Tdap

     

    Tetanus,

    Diphtheria,

    Acellular Pertussis

    Grade 6 (or comparable age level for special education programs): 1 dose

     

    For pupils entering Grade 6 on or after 9-1-08 and born on or after 1-1-97. A child is

    not required to have a Tdap dose until FIVE years after the last DTP/DTaP or Td dose

    Meningococcal

    Entering Grade 6 (or comparable age level for Special Ed programs): 1 dose

     

    For pupils entering Grade 6 on or after 9-1-08 and born on or after 1-1-97. ***

    This applies to students when they turn 11 years of age and attending Grade 6.

     
    Dear Parent/Guardian:

     The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has recently revised the immunization requirements for certain school aged children.  The new requirements state the following:

     Every child born on or after January 1, 1997 and entering or attending grade six (or a comparable age level special education program with an unassigned grade) on or after September 1, 2008 shall have received one dose of a meningococcal-containing vaccine, such as the medically preferred meningococcal conjugate vaccine.  The student must be 11 years of age to receive the vaccine.  Those students who are not yet 11 years old as of September 1, 2008 cannot have the vaccine until after they turn 11. 

     In addition, every child born or after January 1, 1997 and entering grade six on or after September 1, 2008 shall have received one dose of Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) given no earlier than the 10th birthday.  Children who received a Td booster dose less than five years prior to entry into grade six shall not be required to receive a Tdap dose until five years have elapsed from the last documented DTP/DTaP or Td dose.

     Please review your child’s immunization status with their physician and schedule any needed appointments for immunizations as soon as possible.  If your child has received these immunizations, please provide the school nurse with documentation so we can update our records accordingly.  Because this is a state mandated requirement, children not in compliance may be excluded from attending grade six in September until documentation is received.  If you have any questions, please call the health office.