Message From State Superintendent Christopher A. Koch, Illinois State Board of Education
August is National Immunization Awareness month and later this week, we will send out a press release to remind parents to ensure their children's immunizations are up-to-date. In addition, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is implementing changes to the immunization policies.
Beginning this fall, hepatitis B vaccination is now required for students entering sixth grade instead of students entering fifth grade. Also, students must show proof of having received two doses each of the live rubella and mumps virus vaccines. Additionally, any child entering kindergarten, sixth grade or ninth grade for the first time must show proof of having received two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. The IDPH rul e requiring all students in grades six through 12 to show proof of receiving the Tdap vaccine, a booster shot for continued protection against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, is still in effect. The Illinois State Board of Education's (ISBE) Immunization Quick Reference Guide provides additional details about the 2014-15 requirements.
Also, a new requirement has been proposed for the 2015-16 school year that would require students entering sixth and 12th grade to receive an immunization containing meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4).
IDPH offers a "Parents Guide to Childhood Immunizations" at www.idph.state.il.us/about/pgci.htm and additional information about immunizations can be found at:
Incoming Pre-K, TK, EC, 6th & 9th graders need to have complete physicals with immunizations!