WICOMICO CO., Md. - A heads up for parents in Wicomico County, students will be expected to get more vaccines for next school year. New vaccine regulations in Maryland, will mean that students entering kindergarten and 7th grade in the 2014-2015 school year, will have to get additional vaccinations.
New requirements are as follows:
· Students entering kindergarten in 2014-15 will be required to have had two (2) doses of Varicella vaccine (for Chickenpox). Currently, only one (1) dose of Varicella vaccine is required.
· Students entering 7th grade in 2014-15 will be required to have had one (1) dose of Tdap vaccine and one (1) dose of Meningococcal vaccine. These vaccine requirements are new for 7th graders.
Wicomico County Public Schools wants to give parents plenty of time to get children the required new vaccines, before the new year. Middle Schools and pre-kindergarten students have already started sharing a notice of the new requirement, while parents of incoming kindergartners will receive notice during kindergarten registration, which starts April 30th. The full immunization chart can be found on the Board of Education's website.
Parents are should to check their child's health record and schedule immunization appointments as needed to ensure the child meets the new state requirements by the start of the 2014-15 school year, and then give the school an updated vaccine record. Parents should contact the child's primary care provider with questions. For Wicomico County children without health insurance, immunizations are available through the Wicomico County Health Department by calling 410-543-6943 to make an appointment.