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To start the 2019-2020 school year, Missouri law requires eighth-grade students to have two vaccines and students entering 12th grade to have one vaccine, unless they are exempted.
Parents should read the following information about the required vaccines and the childhood diseases these vaccines prevent. Information is also provided about the recommended Meningococcal B vaccine for students entering 12th grade:
Required vaccines that must be completed before a student enters eighth grade include:
— Tdap protects kids from Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis and needs to be given between ages 11 and 12, and then every 10 years. The brand name for this vaccine is Adacel or Boostrix.
— Meningococcal protects kids from Meningococcal groups A, C, W, Y and needs to be given between 11 and 12 years and again at 16 years. This vaccine is also given in middle school and before the senior year of high school. The brand name for this vaccine is Menactra or Menveo. Meningococcal is the required vaccine that must be completed before a student’s senior year.
In addition, a recommended vaccine for high-school students is Meningococcal B, which protects kids from Meningococcal group B. Two shots are given 30 days apart, given at 16 years or going into the senior year of high school. Students who will be living in close contact are at higher risk of becoming infected with Meningitis B. The brand name for this vaccine is Bexsero or Trumenba.
Parents are encouraged to make an appointment for their student to be vaccinated as soon as possible. Students may receive the immunizations at:
— Their regular doctor’s office;
— The School-Based Health Clinic at East Elementary, which is open Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. To make an appointment at the School-Based Health Clinic, call 573.842.2164. The clinic treats Waynesville R-VI students and staff members.
— The Pulaski Health Department in Waynesville. Vaccinations are available from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays. Call 573.774.3820 to schedule an appointment.
— The Fort Leonard Wood Immunization Clinic at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital. Anyone with Tricare can receive immunizations Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to noon and from 12:30 to 4 p.m. (Note: on Thursdays the clinic stops giving shots at 11:30 a.m.)
Turning in records
Students/guardians may provide updated immunization records for both Waynesville Middle School and Waynesville High School by or emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxing them to 573.433.2924. Please provide a note stating, “ATTN- Nurse Kinsley” on the cover sheet.
These are Centers for Disease Control guidelines and may need to be modified as determined by health-care providers.
(Information provided by the R-VI Office of Communications and Marketing.)