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Vaccine Requirement for Seniors

The State of Ohio now requires all students entering the 12th grade to have a second dose of meningococcal vaccine. If the first dose was administered on or after the 16th birthday, a second dose is not required. Ohio allows parents who object to vaccines to opt out.


Dr. Rebecca Brady with the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics said most instances of meningitis, the most common of the meningococcal diseases, can start out with flu-like symptoms, including a fever, headache or stiff neck. But within a day, the patient could be in an intensive-care unit. The bacterial infection spreads rapidly through the bloodstream and causes inflammation of the meninges, the protective coating covering the brain and spinal cord.


Dr. Bill Cotton, medical director of primary care for the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, cited that 26 other states require meningococcal vaccinations in secondary students; 36 other states require the vaccine for college admission. Cotton said that for the vaccination to be effective, two shots are needed. Brady added that the second shot is given a year before most students go to college, providing an extra layer of defense.


Students who do not provide documentation of these immunizations to the school this fall are subject to exclusion. Please contact the school clinic with questions or concerns.  Click HERE to view/download the exemption form!