This updated version of yesterday's post clarifies the new immunization requirements for all Kentucky students:
As the 2018-19 school year approaches (opening day for students is Wednesday, August 15!), Franklin County Schools students' families are encouraged to schedule doctor visits as soon as possible because of new immunization requirements outlined by Kentucky Administrative Regulations.
The new requirements cover Hepatitis A and MCV4 (also called the Menactra and/or meningococcal) booster.
Because there is a mandatory six month waiting period between the first and second doses of Hepatitis A, the first dose (which is required for all unvaccinated students regardless of age), should be received before August 15, 2018, and the second dose must be administered prior to February 15, 2019. Students who do not have both doses by Feb. 15, 2019 will be out of compliance.
Also, students will need to have the MCV4 (also called Menactra or meningococcal) booster at the age of 16.
Note that the state requires all students to bring in a new immunization certificate for the upcoming school year. Families can contact their physician or the health department for more information about the vaccines and certificates.