A recent amendment to Kentucky law, (902 KAR 2:060 - Immunization Schedules for Attending School) added new immunization requirements for the school year beginning on or after July 1, 2018.
The following will apply to the 2018-19 School Year:
- All students in kindergarten through twelfth (12th) grade must show proof of having received two (2) doses of Hepatitis A vaccine to attend school (doses are administered 6 months or more apart), and
- Students ages 16 years or older must show proof of having received two (2) doses of Meningococcal ACWY vaccine (MenACWY) to attend school. However, if the first dose of MenACWY was received at age sixteen (16) or older, the second dose is not required for school entry.
Finally, all vaccines administered should now be printed on the Commonwealth of Kentucky Certificate of Immunization Status form. It can be found on the Hardin County Schools website, www.hardin.kyschools.us. Website users should click “Parents” and “Immunization Information.” Or, go directly to the site by typing http://bit.ly/hcsimmunizationinfo into an internet browser.
Additional Health Forms also available on the website listed above. Parents are encouraged to see their child’s medical provider or local health department as soon as possible regarding their child’s immunizations.
“We encourage our parents to not delay regarding this matter,” HCS Director of Health and FRYSC Services Janay Sutton said. “This is an important matter. We ask that all students have an updated and current certificate on file at school before the start of the 2018-19 school year.”
Parents will receive a note regarding this information from their child's school next week -- elementary students will bring the note home. Parents of middle and high school students will receive the note in the mail.