Please be reminded of the following immunization requirements for students entering the 7th and 12th grades.
7th graders must show proof of a booster dose of Tdap vaccine which protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and a dose of MCV4 (meningitis) vaccine.
12th graders also must show proof of a single dose of Tdap, plus a booster dose of MCV4 if the first dose of MCV4 was given before the child's 16th birthday. If the first dose was given after the 16th birthday, then a booster dose is not required.
Children without a family doctor may visit the local health department, school-based health center or community health center for an immunization check-up. Children without insurance or those with insurance that does not cover the cost of the immunization may participate in the Vaccines for Children program that provides free vaccine to children age 18 and under without any out-of-pocket expense to the parent. Children enrolled with Medicaid or WVCHIP also receive state-supplied vaccines at no cost to the parent.