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Public health officials issue immunization reminder

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Sep 01, 2017

Fairfield schools begin Tuesday and Jefferson County Public Health director Chris Estle is reminding parents of seventh and 12th grade students about mandatory meningococcal conjugate vaccine requirements.

“All seventh and 12th grade students need to have one if they haven’t had it already,” Estle said.

According to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Meningococcal disease is a serious illness caused by a type of bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis, which can lead to meningitis.

Meningitis is an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, and infections of the blood that often occurs without warning even among people who are otherwise healthy.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, there is no grace period for the implementation of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine requirement for students entering seventh and 12th grade. One dose is required before the start of school.

Students entering seventh grade and born after Sept. 15, 2004 will need proof of one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine, known as MenACWY.

Further, students entering the 12th grade and born after Sept. 15, 1999, will need proof of two doses of meningococcal or one dose if received when the student was 16 or older. A provisional immunization certificate would only be issued when the student has already received one dose of the meningococcal vaccine and a second dose is needed to meet the requirements.

Estle said the Jefferson County Public Health clinic has new immunization hours, which would help assist those students who need the shot.

“Effective [today], new immunization hours are from 1-4 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month,” she said.

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