Beginning with the 2017 – 2018 school year students entering grade 7 and
grade 12 must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease in order to attend
school in the state of Iowa.
The change requires a one-time dose of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccine
received on or after 10 years of age for applicants in grades 7 and above,
if born after September 15, 2004; and 2 doses of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y)
vaccines for applicants in grade 12, if born after September 15, 1999; or 1
dose if received when applicants are 16 years of age or older. This aligns
with the recommendations by the national Advisory Committee on Immunization
- One dose of meningococcal vaccine before seventh grade. If a student
had the first dose as a sixth grader, then another dose is not required
until grade 12.
- A total of two doses are required before grade 12. Most students
entering grade 12 received their first dose when they were younger and
will be due for their second dose, or booster. This booster is needed
because protection from the vaccine decreases over time.
- The only teens that will NOT need a second dose before grade 12 are
those who received their first dose on or after their 16th birthday.
For additional information about meningococcal disease please visit the
Please Note: there are other immunization requirements for students
attending licensed child care centers and elementary or secondary schools,
please use the link below for more information:
VACCINES FOR CHILDREN
Page County Public
Health Nursing Service is a Vaccine for Children Provider (VFC). The
VFC program was created to meet the vaccination needs of children
from birth through 18 years of age. VFC vaccines are provided at no
cost to eligible children.
A child is eligible to receive VFC
vaccine if he/she:
- Is enrolled in Medicaid (Title XIX)
- Does not have health insurance
- Is American Indian or Alaskan Native (AI/AN)
- Is underinsured (has health insurance that DOES NOT pay
INFANTS & CHILDREN
birth through 6 years old
your children according to the recommended schedule is one of the
best ways you can protect them from the 14 harmful and potentially deadly
diseases like measles. Most
parents choose the safe, proven protection of vaccines and are vaccinating
their children according to the recommended immunization schedule.
Schools are a prime venue for transmitting
vaccine-preventable disease and school-age children can then further spread
disease to their families and others they come in contact with. For
additional information on school requirements
Iowa Immunization Law and You Brochure
find out more about the recommended immunization schedule at
Recommended vaccine schedule for infants
PRE-TEENS AND TEENS
7 through 18 years old
Meningococcal and HPV vaccination is recommended for ALL
adolescents between 11 and 18 years old. Teens may also need a booster dose
of one of the shots or get any shots they may have missed. You can use any
health care visit, including sports physicals, checkups or sick visits, to
get the shots your kids need.
Tdap is a booster shot
against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). Whooping cough
is a persistent cough keeps kids out of school and activities for weeks.
HPV is Cancer Prevention in women and men. HPV can cause
future cancers of the cervix, vulva and vagina in women and cancers of the
penis in men. In both women and men, HPV also causes mouth/throat cancer,
anal cancer and genital warts.
against a bacterial infection around the brain and spinal cord.
Recommended vaccine schedule for pre-teens and Teens.
ADULTS NEED VACCINES TOO!
All adults need:
Influenza vaccine every year
Td or Tdap vaccine every 10 years
Other vaccines you may need as an adult are determined by factors
- Health Conditions
- Previous Vaccines You Have Received
Take this short
quiz to find out which vaccines you need
vaccines you get during your pregnancy will provide your baby with
some disease protection that will last the first months of life.
This early protection is critical for diseases like the flu
and whooping cough because infants in the first several months of life are
at the greatest risk of severe illness from these diseases. However, they
are too young to be vaccinated themselves. Passing maternal antibodies on to
them is the only way to help directly protect them.
additional information on Vaccines Before, During and After
pregnancy please see the
and Pregnancy Vaccines Flyer
TRAVEL SMART (click here for CDC Travel Guidelines)
appointment 6-8 weeks prior to international travel to ensure completion of
vaccine series and help build your immunity. Some vaccines are only
available from certain registered providers. Assure you are up to date
with routine vaccines such as MMR, polio and tetanus.