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Immunization Requirements for School Attendance

April 05, 2017

While it may seem early to start thinking about back-to-school, it’s never too early to make sure your children’s immunizations are up-to-date.  In fact, the State of Ohio has recently mandated certain vaccinations as a requirement for school attendance.

For grades 7-12, the State requires one dose of Tdap – a booster for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.

For children entering seventh grade, one dose of meningococcal vaccine must be administered prior to entry.

For those entering 12th grade, two doses of meningococcal vaccine must be administered prior to entry, unless the first dose was given after the 16th birthday.

Schedule an appointment with your child’s primary care provider to receive these vaccinations prior to the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.  If your child does not have health insurance; if their health insurance does not cover childhood vaccines; or if your child has Medicaid, you may receive these vaccines at little or no cost to you.  Please call 513-946-7882 with questions or to schedule an appointment.

It’s not too early to begin thinking about next school year.  Get your children vaccinated early to make sure that school entry is not an issue next year.

For more information on immunization schedules for children and adults, visit:

Easy-to-read vaccination schedules are available in English and Spanish.

For pre-teen vaccination information, click below:



Posted by: Christy Cauley