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February 3, 2015

Dear Parent,

This is to inform you that beginning next school year (Fall 2015) all students entering the sixth and twelfth grades will be required to show proof of recent meningococcal conjugate vaccination (MCV). All sixth graders will be required to show proof of one dose received on or after 11years of age. All twelfth graders will need to show proof of receiving two doses unless the first dose was administered after 16 years of age. In this case, only one dose after 16 years of age is required. This vaccination will prevent your student from a severe form of bacterial meningitis as well as other illnesses caused by this bacterium.


Some students may have already received this vaccine since it has been recommended for various populations in the recent past. In this case, all you would need to do is provide the school verification of receiving the meningococcal conjugate vaccine. Documentation accepted as complying with the requirement for students entering 6th and 12th grades includes the following information:


•    A letter or note signed by your health care provider identifying the date the MCV was administered.


•    Printout from your provider's electronic medical record (EMR) that indicates the vaccine was administered.


•    Current Certificate of Child Health Examination form, specifying the date the MCV was administered.


In addition to your health care provider, many local health departments and pharmacies offer the vaccine. The Illinois Department of Public Health recommends that parents get their adolescent vaccinated now to avoid last-minute rush during the summer. Other vaccines recommended for your adolescent student include Tdap, which is already a requirement for school and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine which prevents types of cervical cancers, head and neck cancers, and others associated with the HPV disease. Students without adequate proof of vaccination will be subject to exclusion as described in the school code of Illinois.

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William  Moran, Chief, Immunization Section