The Hepatitis A vaccine will now be required for ALL children beginning the next school year (2018-2019.) All children should receive the first of two doses soon to meet the August 2018 deadline.
Under a new state regulation all Kentucky students must have proof of receiving the required Hepatitis A vaccine by the first day of school. (The anticipated first day of school for Rowan County will be August 9, 2018.)
The first in the series of two doses should be given in January or February in order to be compliant by the first day of school for the 2018-2019 school year. Hepatitis A vaccine doses must be spaced six months apart, so receiving the first dose in mid-February will allow students to receive both doses before the beginning of the school year.
Parents and guardians should contact their child’s pediatrician or healthcare provider to set up appointments to receive the required immunization. If your child has already received the Hepatitis A vaccine, parents/guardians should request a new immunization form from the healthcare provider showing the dates that the immunizations were administered.
NOTE: Children age 16 or older are also required to provide proof of having received the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine.
For more information about the required immunizations, please contact Renée Smith, Rowan County Schools District Health Coordinator at 606-784-8928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.