Walk-In Clinics August & September to Ensure Students Entering K, 7th Grade Meet MD Immunization Requirements
Maryland immunization regulations that have been in effect since the 2014-2015 school year continue to apply to students entering kindergarten and 7th grade for the new school year.
- Students entering kindergarten in 2016-2017 are required to have had two (2) doses of Varicella vaccine (for Chickenpox). (Students entering 1st and 2nd grade must also have had the required 2 doses of Varicella vaccine.)
- Students entering 7th grade in 2016-2017 are required to have had one (1) dose of a booster Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis/whooping cough) vaccine and one (1) dose of Meningococcal vaccine. (Students entering 8th and 9th grade must also have had the required 1 dose of Tdap and 1 dose of Meningococcal.)
The new immunizations are available at no cost through the Wicomico County Health Department, which will support students and families of Wicomico County Public Schools with walk-in Mass Immunization Clinics in August and September.
Walk-in clinics will be held Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 5-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 27 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. All other immunizations required for school entry will be offered at no cost during walk-in clinics only. All walk-in clinics will be at the Health Department’s Fritz Center, 300 W. Carroll St., Salisbury. Clinics will also be held from 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 26.
If unable to make one of these clinics, or to inquire about other immunizations, parents/guardians should call the Health Department at 410-543-6943, or check with their child’s primary care provider. Parents/guardians are encouraged to check their child’s health record and schedule immunization appointments as needed to ensure the child meets the state requirements by the start of the 2016-2017 school year.
Maryland immunization law states children must be excluded from school if they do not have up-to-date immunizations within 20 calendar days of the start of the school year or admission to the school. Parents/guardians of students not yet meeting the new immunization requirements when the 2016-2017 school year begins must provide the school office with notice that the student has an appointment for immunization within 20 days. This notice may be a note from a doctor’s office or clinic, or a note or verbal notification from the parent/guardian with the date of the appointment within 20 calendar days. The appointment must be kept within that 20 days, and proof of immunization provided to the school for the student to continue attending.
Last spring, Wicomico County Public Schools informed parents of prekindergarten and sixth-grade students of the vaccination requirements to ensure families would have ample time to take care of the required vaccinations prior to the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Immunization requirements for each grade are posted on the school system’s website: http://www.wcboe.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=3063562&pageId=3790985