Parkersburg, W.Va. (WTAP) - As the count down to the first day of school begins, parents need to make sure children are up to date on all vaccinations and additional requirements for school entry.
West Virginia schools will not allow students that are behind on their vaccinations to enter school until their records are current. It’s important for your child to get all the shots.
Each vaccine protects your child from different diseases, and each vaccine usually requires more than one dose (shot). For the best protection, your child needs every dose of each vaccine. If your child misses a shot, he/she may not be protected. The bacteria and viruses (germs) that cause serious childhood diseases are still around. Each child who isn't vaccinated can spread those germs to other children.
Students entering kindergarten through sixth grade must show proof of immunization against Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella and Hepatitis B. It is important to remember that some of the vaccines require more than one dose. Students entering second grade must show proof of a physical examination and a dental visit.
Students entering seventh grade require additional vaccines. Seventh grade students must have proof of a TDAP(Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis) booster and the first dose of MCV4 (Meningococcal/Meningitis) vaccine.
Seventh graders starting in the Fall of 2017 will also need an annual HealthCheck/physical examination from a doctor or medical provider. They must have a dental examination from a dentist as well.
Students entering their Senior year must have the second dose of MCV4 if first dose was given before 16th birthday.
College students are also required to show proof of immunizations and should check with their admissions office as to required and suggested vaccines.
The state of West Virginia does allow certain medical exemptions for some childhood vaccinations. The child’s physician submit a "Request for Medical Exemption from Compulsory Immunization" to the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health’s Immunization Officer on behalf of the child. To print the exemption form and read more details, click the "WV DHHR - Vaccination Exemption Information" link in the "Related Links" section.
For more information on vaccinating your child, or to schedule a vaccination or Health Check appointment for your children, contact the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department offices in the following counties:
2-B Hospital Drive, Grantsville, WV 26147
605 Cherry Street, St. Mary’s, WV 26170
125 West Main Street, Harrisville, WV 26362
PO Box 909, 200 East Main Street, Spencer, WV 25276
90 Senior Circle, PO Box 670, Lower Washington Street, Elizabeth, WV 26143
211 Sixth Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101