Vaccine Requirements for Students

Snow Hill, MD- Vaccines are vital to protect children from potentially serious diseases. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s doctor to determine which vaccines are needed and schedule an appointment as needed. Changes in Maryland law in 2015 expanded the vaccine requirements for schools to include all kindergarten- fourth grade students to have two varicella vaccinations, and students in seventh – eleventh grade to have one Tdap (Tetanus-diphtheria-attenuated pertussis) and one meningococcal (Menactra or Menomune) vaccination.


Students who do not have the required vaccinations can be excluded from school unless they provide official documentation of a medical contraindication or religious exemption. With proof of an appointment to receive the vaccine(s) within 20 calendar days, a student can temporarily be admitted to school. This portion of the law is not intended to delay vaccination, but instead is designed for extenuating situations, such as a new student who may have just moved to the area from another state or country. In addition to the required vaccines for school, seventh and eighth graders are also recommended to receive the HPV vaccine which helps prevent several different types of cancer.

For those children who remain at risk for exclusion from school, Worcester County Health Department is offering these vaccines at no charge on the dates listed below. Appointments are not required, but are suggested.

• Pocomoke, 400-A Walnut Street 410-957-2005
August 27
• Snow Hill, 6040 Public Landing Road 410-632-1100
August 29
• Berlin, 9730 Healthway Drive 410-629-0164
September 6

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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Travis Brown
410-632-1100 ext.1130 Date: August 14, 2018

 

 

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