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BREADCRUMB

Immunizations

"Vaccines are one of public health’s greatest triumphs. With the exception of safe water, no other health strategy, not even antibiotics, has had such a tremendous effect on reducing disease and improving health. However, despite the availability of safe and effective vaccines, thousands of cases of vaccine-preventable diseases continue to occur in the United States annually".

"It is a common misconception that only infants and children need vaccines for their health and well being. Even after childhood, vaccinations should continue to be an important aspect of preventive medicine. By receiving recommended vaccines, individuals not only protect themselves and their families, but also help prevent the general public from being exposed to vaccine-preventable diseases".

The Indiana State Department of Health’s Immunization Program. Toll Free - ISDH Hotline 1-800-701-0704

M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Quick Reference Guide for 2023-24

Proof of completed or up-to-date immunizations must be given to the school on entrance and/or at registration. Free or low cost Immunizations are available at the Department of Health or Super Shot.

Indiana State Department of Health

Indiana 2024-25 Required and Recommended School Immunizations

Immunization Requirements 2024-25

 

NEWLY ENROLLED STUDENT INFORMATION

Notice of Immunization for all Students Enrolling in School.

Exclusion from School

When a child enrolls in a school corporation, the student’s parent/guardian must provide proof the student has been immunized or that a current religious or medical objection is on file. The parent/guardian must provide the school corporation with complete immunization records prior to the beginning of the school year.

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Medical or Religious Objections

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Medical objections (medical objection form) to immunizations must be signed by a physician and parent/guardian each year. The medical exemption must contain a physician’s certification that a particular immunization is detrimental to the child’s health. The objections must be on file with the school. Religious objections (religious objection form) may be signed by the parent/guardian each year and must be on file with the school. A philosophical objection is not allowed in Indiana. Students that are not immunized for any reason will be excluded from school in the event of an outbreak of a disease that they are not protected against. Excluded student can be readmitted to school after the period of communicability of the disease or if they receive the required immunization against the disease outbreak.

Immunization Sites

The following locations can provide you with free or low cost immunizations with or without insurance coverage.

FACE Health Center

230 E. Douglas Ave. By appointment only weekdays from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM. We are a Super Shot facility. We vaccinate children ages 4-18. We accept all insurances and will work with you if you have no insurance. We are by appointment only. If you do not have vaccination record- please still make an appointment with us. For immunizations, please call 260-467-7260 to schedule an appointment. At the time of call we will be gathering personal information of student, insurance (if have any), and explaining what to bring to the visit.

The Department of Health

4813 New Haven Ave. By appointment only. Call 449-7504.

A Parent/guardian at all sites must accompany children. You must take a copy of your child’s immunization records

New Immunizations

In addition to immunizations previously required, the Indiana State Department of Health now requires all students in grades 6 and 12 to also have Hepatitis A immunizations. This is a 2 shot series with doses spaced 6 months apart.

New requirement summary - 6th and 12th grade immunization requirements are as follows

Grade 12

  • Meningococcal Meningitis booster (this is a second dose of the same vaccine your child likely received while in grade 6)
  • After receiving these immunizations, please provide a copy of your updated shot record to your school nurse.

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  • * Note: IF your child had their first Meningococcal Vaccine after their 16th birthday, then the second shot would not be necessary, but most students should have received their first shot when entering grade 6.

Grade 6

  • 1 Tdap (a tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis booster)
  • 1 Meningococcal Vaccine (prevents meningococcal meningitis)
  • 2 doses of Hepatitis A Vaccine (doses must be spaced 6 months apart)

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