doctor shot 2HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (1/9/18) — Hopkins County Schools announced changes in immunization requirements for students in the 2018-19 school year.

“Parents need to know about these changes now so that they can check their child’s immunization record and start making appointments with their doctor or the Health Department to stay up-to-date on vaccinations,” said Hopkins County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel Laura James.

The district said it is working closely on this issue with Hopkins County Health Department, which operates a clinic in each school.

An amendment to Kentucky law (902 KAR 2:060 - immunization schedules for attending school) added new immunization requirements for the school year beginning July 1. Changes include the following:

• All students K-12 grades must show proof of having received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine to attend school (doses are administered six months or more apart).

• Students 16 years or older must show proof of having received two doses of Meningococcal ACWY vaccine to attend school. However, if the first dose of MenACWY was received at age 16 or older, the second dose is not required for school entry.

Also, all vaccines administered should now be printed on the Commonwealth of Kentucky Certificate of Immunization status form.

Parents are encouraged to see their child’s medical provider or local health department as soon as possible, the district reported. All students should have an updated and current certificate on file at school before the start of the 2018-19 school year.

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