Parents should begin preparing early for Kentucky’s new immunization requirements for children attending public schools next fall.
The law (902 KAR 2:060) requires all students to receive two Hepatitis A shots and students 16 and older to get a meningitis booster.
Rip Collins, LaRue County Schools health and safety coordinator, reminds parents that it’s imperative to start preparing now because the Hepatitis A vaccine is given in two doses that must be six months apart.
“To be in compliance for enrollment next fall, they had better schedule their first appointment immediately,” said Collins.
Lisa Cox, school health team leader with Lincoln Trail District Health Department, said that Hepatitis A shots previously were recommended, not required. The new Kentucky regulation, however, requires the two shots not only for public school students in grades K-12, but also for those in child day care centers, certified family child care homes, and preschool programs.
Cox added that upon receiving the initial Hepatitis shot, the child will be issued a provisional immunization certificate that expires after six months.