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CORRECTED VACCINE INFORMATION FOR 8TH AND 12TH GRADERS

CORRECTED VACCINE INFORMATION FOR 8TH AND 12TH GRADERS

 

NOTE: A previous version of this news release contained inaccurate information regarding the vaccine requirement for high school seniors.  Only ONE vaccine – the meningococcal – is  required for seniors who are otherwise up to date on their vaccines. Information regarding 8th graders has not changed. We apologize for the error.

 

To start the 2019-2020 school year, Missouri law requires 8th grade students to have two vaccines and students entering 12th grade to have one vaccine, unless they are exempted.

The following is information about the vaccines and the childhood diseases these vaccines prevent.  Information is also provided about the recommended Meningococcal B vaccine for students entering 12th grade.

 

  1. Required vaccines that must be completed before a student enters 8thgrade:

-- Tdap—protects kids from Tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis— needs to be given between ages 11 and 12, and then every 10 years. The brand name for this vaccine is Adacel or Boostrix.

-- Meningococcal –protects kids from Meningococcal groups A, C, W, Y—needs to be given between 11-12 years and again at 16 years. This vaccine is also given in middle school and before the senior year of high school.  The brand name for this vaccine is Menactra or Menveo. 

 

  1. Required vaccine that must be completed before a student’s senior year:

-- Meningococcal –protects kids from Meningococcal groups A, C, W, Y—needs to be given between 11-12 years and again at 16 years. This vaccine is also given in middle school and before the senior year of high school.  The brand name for this vaccine is Menactra or Menveo. 

 

  1. Recommended vaccine for High School Students:

-- Meningococcal B—protects kids from Meningococcal group B— 2 shots given 30 days apart, given at 16 years or going into the senior year of high school.  Students who will be living in close contact are at higher risk for becoming infected with Meningitis B.  The brand name for this vaccine is Bexsero or Trumenba.

 

  1. Vaccines are available

Students may receive the immunization at:

    -       their regular doctor’s office. Please make an appointment as soon as possible.

    -       School Based Health Clinic at East Elementary-

             Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.- noon and 1 - 4:30 p.m.

             Please call 573-842-2164 in advance to make an appointment. The school-based medical clinic located inside East Elementary School treats Waynesville R-VI students and staff members. The clinic is open during the regular school year, June and August. The clinic will be open on some July dates and the schedule will be posted on the Waynesville R-VI School District website.

 

    -       Pulaski Health Dept. at Waynesville

             Thurs 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

             Call 573-774-3820

    -       FLW Immunization Clinic at GLWACH

Anyone with Tricare can receive immunizations Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-Noon and 12:30-4 p.m. (Note: on Thursdays the clinic stops giving shots at 11:30 a.m. and closes at noon).

  1. Turn in immunization records

Students/guardians may provide updated immunization records for both WMDS and WHS students during June by giving them to the WHS school nurse, emailing them to hkinsley@waynesville.k12.mo.us or faxing them to 573-433-2924, ATTN- Nurse Kinsley.

 

  1. Refresher information of childhood diseases:

--Tetanus—a disease that affects the nervous system, frequently called “lock jaw”, causes muscles to contract.  This disease varies in severity, can cause people to have difficulty swallowing and stop breathing.

--Diphtheria—an infection of tonsils and throat that can cause severe swelling, causing the throat to close.

--Pertussis—an infection that affects sinuses and throat causing a severe cough that can last up to 4 months.

--Meningitis—an infection of the lining of the brain, can lead to hearing loss, blindness, brain damage, physical disability, or death.  Children at the highest risk for becoming infected with meningitis are children under 5 years, especially under 1 year, and 16-22 years, who live in close contact with others.  There are several types of Meningitis including: A, C, W, Y, and B. 

 

  1. Additional information about these childhood diseases and vaccines can be found at:

CDC.  Vaccines and Preventable Diseases. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/mening/public/index.html

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services. Schools.https://health.mo.gov/living/wellness/immunizations/schoolrequirements.php

Meningococcal Disease. What You Need to Know. https://health.mo.gov/living/wellness/immunizations/pdf/MCVFactSheet.pdf

 

  1. These are CDC guidelines and may need to be modified based on each person's health history as determined by your personal physician or healthcare provider.

 

"Issued June 26, 2019"