Next school year students must receive a second dose of the chickenpox vaccine or they cannot go to school based on new immunization requirements the State Department of Health has issued.
Monroe County Health Administrator Penny Caudill says one vaccine is not enough for students to build immunity, so a second dose is needed before kindergarten.
“For the 2013-2014 the change will be to add a varicella vaccine,” she says. “So you’ll need two doses of varicella vaccine or documented case of chick pox.”
Other changes include requiring a dose of the meningitis vaccine before 6th grade and suggesting a booster shot in high school.
Richland Bean-Blossom Corporation Nurse Eileen Goss says the changes should benefit all students.
“I really don’t think it’s a big change from last year it’s just they are recommending the second meningitis shot which we will get that out to the parents of juniors and seniors for next year that will prepare them for college entry,” she says.
Health department officials are also recommending students get a hepatitis A vaccine and a booster on the same schedule as the meningitis shots.