The Texas Department of Health has announced new school immunization requirements, mandating new vaccinations that will primarily affect kindergarten and seventh grade students.
The “no shots, no classes” policy will be in effect at the start of the school year. Only a few weeks remain for students to get the necessary immunizations required. School begins on Aug. 24.
“Students with incomplete immunization records will not be allowed to attend classes on the first day of school,” San Marcos CISD Superintendent Patty Shafer said. “Of particular concern are children entering the seventh grade. Parents, please review your child’s records to ensure that they are complete. If you received a notice from your child’s school last year, please update the immunizations this summer.”
The new state requirements for seventh grade entry include meningococcal vaccine, varicella vaccine (two doses required), and Tdap vaccine (booster dose).
The Meningococcal vaccine is designed to protect from bacterial meningitis. The varicella vaccine protects against the disease commonly known as chickenpox. The Tdap booster guards against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough).
The CommuniCare Health Center of San Marcos (1430 Wonder World Drive, Suite 4201) will conduct a School Immunization Health Fair on Aug. 5 from 2-7 p.m. To qualify for free immunizations, participants need to bring their child’s shot records and proof of income.
For more information, check the San Marcos CISD website at www.smcisd.net or call District Nurse Dyanna Eastwood at (512) 393-6862.Email | Print