New Immunization Requirements for Children Entering Kindergarten and Seventh Grade


Snow Hill, MD
- New immunization requirements will take effect for students entering kindergarten and seventh grade this fall.  Immunizations are vital to protect children from potentially serious diseases. Students entering kindergarten will need to have proof of two varicella vaccinationsand students entering the seventh grade will need to have proof of  one Tdap (Tetanus-diphtheria-attenuated pertussis) and one meningococcal (Menactra or Menomune) vaccination in addition to the previously required vaccines.

 
Parents of students entering kindergarten and seventh grade are encouraged to contact their child's doctor now to make sure their child's immunizations are up-to-date with these requirements and to schedule an appointment for vaccines if needed.  

 
Worcester County Health Department will be offering three immunization clinics to help Worcester County students who do not have a doctor or lack insurance that covers vaccine and are at risk for exclusion from school if not appropriately immunized. Clinic times are from 8:00 am-5:00 pm; dates and locations are listed below. Appointments are encouraged but not required.

 

Thursday, September 11:

            400-A Walnut Street, Pocomoke          410-957-2005

Friday, September 12:

            6040 Public Landing Road, Snow Hill   410-632-1100

Monday, September 15:

            9730 Healthway Drive, Berlin               410-629-0164

 

For more information visit the Worcester County Health Department’s website at www.worcesterhealth.org or call us at 410-632-1100. 

 

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