Immunization requirements for school-age children were updated in the 2016-2017 school year. A dose of Tdap and MCV4 vaccine is required for all students entering 7th grade. Find Tdap and MCV4 vaccine at Hamilton County Public Health’s regular immunization clinics.
Frequently Asked Questions
Due to the increasing presence of whooping cough, a dose of Tdap vaccine is required by the Ohio Department of Health for students entering the 7th grade. Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease that typically occurs in school age children. Vaccine protection from doses received during infancy diminishes over time, therefore an additional dose is necessary for optimum immunity.
Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness that is the leading cause of meningitis in children 2 – 18 years old in the United States. Two doses of MCV4 are required for school attendance in Ohio; the first prior to entering the 7th grade and the 2nd, prior to entering the 12th grade.
What if I don’t have insurance?
What are the risks associated with this vaccine?
Both the Tdap and MCV4 vaccines are administered as a shot in the upper arm. There may be some pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, but severe reactions are unusual. More details can be found in the Vaccine Information Statement.
How do I know if Tdap and MCV4 vaccines are medically appropriate for my child?
- Talk to your child’s health care provider about getting the Tdap vaccine if your child has had epilepsy, Guillan Barre Syndrome or a serious reaction to a previous tetanus shot.
- Talk to your child’s health care provider about getting the MCV4 vaccine if your child has had a serious reaction to a previous MCV4 vaccine.
What if my child is ill on the day of the vaccination clinic?
What other vaccines does my child need?
What if I have more questions?