Indiana health officials remind parents of new immunization requirements
Indiana state health officials want Indiana parents to be aware of new immunization requirements for school entry.
Parents can get immunization records from their health care provider or use the secure website to print their child's official immunization record from home by using personal identification number (PIN).
For the 2013-2014 school year, all students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade will be required to have a record documenting two valid doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or documented history of chickenpox disease. Students from kindergarten through fifth grade will need to have their history of chickenpox disease documented by a health care provider.
"We experienced multiple outbreaks of chickenpox around that state during the last school year," said Indiana State Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Joan Duwve, M.D. "This new requirement will help stop the spread of this preventable disease and keep kids healthy and in school."
Although not required for school entry, Dr. Duwve recommends that students also receive the following immunizations if they haven't already:
- Two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine
- Flu vaccine every year
- Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, 3-dose series for all adolescents
- Booster dose of meningococcal conjugate (meningitis) vaccine for adolescents ages 16-18
The requirements and recommendations are in alignment with the routine vaccination schedules from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
Indiana school immunization requirements are posted on the Indiana State Department of Health's website.
You can see the health department's shot sheet here.
See a list of immunizations for which no doctor prescription is required.
Free immunizations will be provided at this event on Aug. 3.