February 2014 New Health Regulations for 2014-2015 School Entry Pre-K to College
RI Department of Health has proposed changing the immunization requirements for children entering preschool/daycare, school and college entry. I will list what is expected now and what will be required in 2014-15 for entry. Influenza vaccine is being proposed for PK entry as well, but as of January 28, 2014, the ACLU is opposing this vaccine for entry. Discuss this option with your health care provider at your child's next appointment. As for now, I think these additional requirements will pass as law.
Current: Additional Requirements for 2014
Age appropriate immunizations adding to the Current series
DTaP, Hepatitis B, Polio, PCV, MMR & Varicella Hepatitis A & Rotavirus
Current with a physical exam Additional Requirement for 2014
3- Hepatitis B Polio change : ALL KIDS will
5 –DTaP need documentation of a dose given after
3-4 Polio * age of 4 , even if 4 th dose given before age 2
2 –MMR Polio dosing will be 4-5 for K entry
1 Lead Screening and Vision screening
Current with a physical exam /scoliosis screening Additional Requirement for 2014
1-Tdap HPV #1 will be required for Gr 7 entry
1 – MCV (meningococcal vaccine) (Human Papillomavirus Vaccine) for boys &
2 – MMRV girls
HPV #2 of series will be required for Gr 8 (2015)
HPB #3 of series will be required for Gr 9 entry
Grade 12- Requirements for 2014*
* NEW : Physical exam and MCV (age 16/Gr. 12)
Current Additiona l Requirements for 2014
K and 7 th grade series 1- Tdap 2-MMRV
Meningitis education 1- MCV (meningococcal vaccine)
Any new student age 7-10 years with incomplete DTaP series will need a Tdap for entry.
Next screening to be scheduled will be Scoliosis for students in grades 6, 7 & 8. Notifications will go home for those who have not had screening done by their provider.