Vaccines are vital to protect children from potentially serious diseases. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s doctor to determine which vaccines are needed and schedule an appointment as needed. Changes in Maryland law in 2015 expanded the vaccine requirements for students. For the 2019-2020 school year, students are required to have:
- Two doses of Varicella vaccine for all students entering Kindergarten through 5th grade.
- A single dose of Tdap vaccine students entering 7th – 12th grade.
- A single dose of Meningococcal (MCV4) vaccine for students entering 7th – 12th grade.
Students who do not have the required vaccinations can be excluded from school unless they provide official documentation of a medical contraindication or religious exemption. With proof of an appointment to receive the vaccine(s) within 20 calendar days, a student can temporarily be admitted to school. This portion of the law is not intended to delay vaccination, but instead is designed for special situations, such as a new student who may have just moved to the area from another state or country. In addition to the required vaccines for school, seventh and eighth graders are also recommended to receive the HPV vaccine which helps prevent several different types of cancer.
For those children who remain at risk for exclusion from school, Worcester County Health Department is offering these vaccines at no charge on the dates listed below 9:00 – 3:30. Appointments are not required, but are suggested.
- August 27 & September 5: Berlin, 9730 Healthway Drive, call 410-629-0164
- August 26: Snow Hill, 6040 Public Landing Road, call 410-632-1100
- August 29: Pocomoke, 400-A Walnut Street, call 410-957-2005
For more information, visit the Worcester County Health Department‘s website at www.worcesterhealth.org or call us at 410-632-1100.