Parents: Important changes to Iowa immunization law affect incoming 7th grade students
The Iowa Department of Public Health has made changes to the Iowa Immunization law for the start of the 2017-18 school year. The change requires that all students entering 7th grade have both a Meningococcal vaccine and a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis/whopping cough) booster before school starts in the fall.
All students entering 7th grade must have proof of having both the Meningococcal and the Tdap vaccines before the first day of school, unless the student has a Certificate of Immunization Exemption. There will be no grace/extension period for the implementation of this requirement.