Important Message from Immunization Services Beginning for next school year.

Beginning with the 2017 – 2018 school year students entering grade 7 and grade 12 must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease in order to attend school in the state of Iowa.

The change requires a one-time dose of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccine received on or after 10 years of age for applicants in grades 7 and above, if born after September 15, 2004; and 2 doses of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccines for applicants in grade 12, if born after September 15, 1999; or 1 dose if received when applicants are 16 years of age or older. This aligns with the recommendations by the national Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

  • One dose of meningococcal vaccine before seventh grade. If a student had the first dose as a sixth grader, then another dose is not required until grade 12.
  • A total of two doses are required before grade 12. Most students entering grade 12 received their first dose when they were younger and will be due for their second dose, or booster. This booster is needed because protection from the vaccine decreases over time.
  • The only teens that will NOT need a second dose before grade 12 are those who received their first dose on or after their 16th birthday.

For additional information about meningococcal disease please visit the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/about/index.html

Please Note: there are other immunization requirements for students attending licensed child care centers and elementary or secondary schools, please use the link below for more information:
http://idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/userfiles/39/Imm%20Law%20Table%20One%20Page%201-27-17%20Final.pdf