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State Passes New Immunization Requirements




A recent amendment to the Kentucky Administrative Regulation on the immunization schedules for attending school added new immunization requirements for the school year beginning on or after July 1, 2018.


Effective July 1, 2018:


  • Students in kindergarten through twelfth grade must show proof of having received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine to attend school, and


  • Students aged 16 years or older must show proof of having received two doses of Meningococcal ACWY vaccine (MenACWY) to attend school. If the first dose of MenACWY was received at age sixteen (16) years or older, the second dose is not required for school entry.


To meet these requirements, a current Certificate of Immunization Status must be provided to the school showing the date your child received these vaccines. If  your  child has already received the age-appropriate vaccines for school entry, he or she will not be required to receive the vaccine(s) again.


Acute hepatitis A disease has been in the news in the last several months because of a large outbreak in California caused by the contagious and easily spread hepatitis A virus. Most children with hepatitis A infection have no characteristic symptoms but can easily spread the virus to others. Children with acute hepatitis A disease can have fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea. vomiting, joint pain, stomach pains and diarrhea, or jaundice. Acute liver failure and/or death can occur in the most severe cases.


MenACWY vaccine prevents diseases caused by Neisseria meningitis, a type of bacteria that is spread from person to person. Acute illness can appear mild at first, but can progress rapidly, becoming very serious and deadly in a matter of hours.


If you have any questions about your child’s current immunization record, please contact your health care provider directly for assistance.


Click here for more information from the Cabinet For Health and Family Services Department For Public Health.


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