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Valhalla Announces Immunization Requirement For Meningococcal Vaccine

The school nurses of the Valhalla school district.
The school nurses of the Valhalla school district. Photo Credit: Valhalla Union Free School District

VALHALLA, N.Y. -- In order to attend school, Virginia Diamond, school nurse for the Valhalla Union Free School District, announced that all 7th grade and 12th grade students must have proof of receiving the Meningococcal vaccine.

Students entering 7th grade must have one dose of the Meningococcal vaccine. and will be required to get a booster at age 16, Diamond said.

Students entering 12th grade must have either two doses of Meningococcal vaccine with the booster dose given on or after age 12 or one dose if your child’s first dose was given on or after age 16, Diamond said.

According to Diamond, state law will require parents/guardians to give the school an immunization record that shows their child has received, or has an appointment(s) to receive, the required vaccine(s) in order to attend school.

This record may be from a healthcare provider, health department or an official immunization record from the child’s former school. The record must include  the name of the vaccine, the date the vaccine was given and who gave it, along with their title; or where it was given if at a clinic.

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