New immunization requirements for seventh- and 12th-grade entry are effective in the 2012-13 school year, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health.
These requirements adopt the most current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for adolescents 11 to 18 years of age.
The requirements are that seventh-graders must have had at least one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) and one dose of MCV (meningococcal) vaccine, and 12th-graders must have had at least one dose of Tdap and a second dose of MCV. Additionally, only one dose of MCV is required if the first dose was administered after the age of 16.
Adolescents also should be screened for a second dose of varicella, chicken pox and the HPV series.
Further information is available by calling the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department at 304-472-2810 or a primary care provider.
Clinic dates for these adolescent vaccinations will be available on Wednesdays from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at the Health Department.