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New Vaccine Requirement

posted Sep 12, 2018, 9:44 AM by mstumpff@rsu20.org

Meningococcal disease is a serious illness caused by a bacterium. It can cause meningitis, which is an infection of the brain and spinal cord, and it can also cause blood infections. The infection can cause death or lifelong disability.

 What is the new meningococcal vaccination requirement? 

 Starting 2018-2019 school year, all students entering, advancing, or transferring into 7th grade and 12th grade in Maine public and private schools must have proof that they have the age appropriate meningococcal vaccines (MCV4) serogroups A, C, W, and Y. 

 One dose of MCV4 is required for all students entering 7th grade. 

 Two doses of MCV4 are required for students entering 12th grade, with a minimum of 8 weeks between dose one and dose two. If the first dose of MCV4 was administered on or after the 16th birthday, a second dose is not required.

 If a student entering 12th grade is 15 years of age or younger, only one dose is required.