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Students Will Need Additional Vaccinations For 2018-19 School Year


We want our parents or guardians to be aware of the recent changes to the Immunization Schedules of Kentucky Immunization Regulation, i.e., 902 KAR 2:060 that will go into effect this school year.
 
One new age-specific immunization requirement, hepatitis A vaccine (HepA), and one booster dose requirement, meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) effective beginning on or after
July 1, 2018.

• Two doses of hepatitis A (HepA) vaccine will be required for all children aged 19 months through 18 years. Children will need to complete hepatitis A immunizations prior to the start of the 2018‐2019 school year to attend school. Hepatitis A vaccine is administered as a 2-dose series with a minimum of 6 months between doses.
• The meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) is a booster dose given at age 16 years and older.
 
All students will need to bring in a new immunization certificate for the upcoming school year. Students’ families are encouraged to schedule doctor visits promptly in order to be in compliance with new immunization requirements for hepatitis A and the booster dose of the meningococcal vaccine.
 
Per Kentucky state regulation all children are required to have a current immunization certificate on file, which contains the required immunization schedule for attending, within two weeks of the child’s enrollment. These same requirements also provide exemptions from these immunizations for both medical reasons and religious beliefs and has a process to obtain a religious exemption from the required immunizations. A parent or guardian may obtain the Commonwealth of Kentucky Parent or Guardian’s Declination on Religious Grounds to Required Immunizations form online. The parent or guardian will check the immunizations that they object to on religious grounds, and sign the form before a notary public. The completed and notarized form shall be submitted at the time of school enrollment.
 
Families should contact their physician or Margaret Jones, Program Manager, KY Immunization Program at 502-564-4478 ext. 4257 or margaretc.jones@ky.gov for more information about the vaccines and certificates.

We’ve included these links below to facilitate compliance and/or review.
 
Immunization Certificates (Effective June 2017)
 

Kentucky Immunization Regulation902 KAR 2:060 http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/902/002/060.htm