Before enrollment, parents should check their immunization records or call their health care provider to make sure children meet the state’s immunization requirements. The current requirements are:
• Tdap: single Tdap required for grades seven to nine if not previously vaccinated with three-dose series.
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• Polio: four doses for ages 5-6.
• Varicella (chicken pox): Kindergarten, first- and second-grade students and seventh-grade students need two doses. Students in grades three to six and eight to 11 are required to have at least one dose.
• Hepatitis B: three doses required through grade 11.
Kansas schools allow an unvaccinated child to attend school under two conditions:
• The child has an annual written statement from his or her physician saying that the child’s life or health would be endangered by undergoing the inoculation.
• Or, the parent or guardian has signed a written statement that the child is an adherent of a religious denomination whose teachings are opposed to inoculations.
School nurses will contact families once school begins if a student’s immunizations are not updated.
For more information, visit www.healthservices.usd259.org.
Students who need shots but do not have insurance or a regular health care provider are directed to the Sedgwick County Health Department or to a safety-net clinic such as GraceMed or Hunter Health Clinic, which provide immunizations at little or no cost.