With the new school year here in many parts of the state, Indiana State Department of Health officials want Indiana parents to be aware of new immunization requirements for school entry.
All students in grades K-12 will be required to have a record documenting two valid doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or documented history of chickenpox disease. Students from grades K-5 will need to have their history of chickenpox disease documented by a health care provider.
“We experienced multiple outbreaks of chickenpox around the state during the last school year,” said Joan Duwve, M.D., ISDH chief medical officer. “This new requirement will help stop the spread of this preventable disease and keep kids healthy and in school.”
Although not required for school entry, Duwve recommends that students also receive these immunizations if they haven’t already:
• Two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine
• Flu vaccine every year
• Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, three-dose series for all adolescents
• Booster dose of meningococcal conjugate (meningitis) vaccine for adolescents 16-18.
The requirements and recommendations are in alignment with the routine vaccination schedules from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. For a complete listing of all recommended immunizations, persons may visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/easy-to-read/index.html.
Indiana school immunization requirements are posted on the ISDH Web site at www.state.in.us/isdh/17094.htm.
Hoosiers are encouraged to check their children’s vaccination records on www.MyVaxIndiana.in.gov, a user-friendly ISDH Web site that provides them direct access to their immunization records from any computer through the use of a personal identification number (PIN). Since MyVaxIndiana was launched in July 2012, nearly 30,000 PINs have been assigned and 4,619 unique records have been accessed from the site. PINs can be obtained from health care providers and used to log in to the secure site.