Schools have new immunization requirements from the Ohio Department of
Health. The changes will impact
students entering kindergarten and 7th grade in the upcoming school
year. The new requirements are in
addition to proof of the 2nd MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)
vaccine that is already a requirement. The
major changes effective for the 2013-14 school year are:
of a Tdap or Td booster requirement for 7th grade
The addition of the 2nd dose of Varicella
(a progressive requirement starting with kindergarten for 2010)
A requirement that the 4th dose of Polio
be administered on or after the 4th birthday
The single most significant change for the middle school is the
addition of a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) or Td (tetanus and
diphtheria) booster for 7th graders. Most children entering 7th grade
in Ohio have
not yet received the Tdap or Td booster.
Of the two, Tdap is preferred because it provides vital protection
against pertussis (also known as whooping cough).
Please contact your child’s
physician to see if they have had the required vaccination. All current 6th grade students
need to get the Tdap or Td booster by the start of next school year. If they are not compliant by the 15th
day of school, they will be excluded from school until providing proof of
compliance. After receiving the required
Tdap or Td booster, please provide a copy of their immunization record to Bethel Tate
Middle School. Please direct all questions to Chris Berry,
R.N., at 513-734-2271 ext.
4053. Thank you for your time and
If Bethel-Tate Middle School
does not receive documentation that your child has had the required Tdap or Td
booster immunization by September 5, 2013, your child will be excluded from
school starting on September 6, 2013 and remain excluded until proof of
compliance and documentation is received.
These absences will not be excused.