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RESIDENT'S CORNER

Resident's Corner
2017 Changes in School
Vaccine Requirements

By Rotimi Adesina, M.D. (third year pediatric resident),
and June Elcock-Messam, M.D.
he national immunization program aimed at protecting children
and adolescents from vaccine preventable diseases continues to
be one of the most impressive examples of preventive medicine
in the United States. Organizations that collaborate over this
program include the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
(ACIP), the Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy
of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP),
and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

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As breakthroughs continue to emerge within the fields of virology, immunology, and genetics, immunization guidelines are constantly being revised to
stay up to date. You may have received a letter from your child's school nurse
or heard on the news that there are some changes to the vaccine requirements for school-aged children in the state of Pennsylvania that will go into
effect in August 2017. If your child is not up to date on his or her immunizations according to these guidelines, your child may be excluded from
school in September 2017. Currently, the vaccines listed below are needed for
attendance in all grades.

Name of Vaccine
DTaP (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis)
IPV (Polio)
MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
Hepatitis B
Varicella (chickenpox)

Amount of doses needed to be considered up to date
4 doses, including one dose on or after 4 years old
4 doses, 1 dose on or after 4 years old
2 doses
3 doses
2 doses or proof that child had the chickenpox

In addition to the above vaccines, for attendance in 7th grade your child must
have two additional vaccines by the first day of school or risk exclusion.
Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis)
1 dose
MCV (meningococcal conjugate vaccine)
1 dose
For attendance in 12th grade, your child must have another dose of the MCV vaccine
by the first day of school or risk exclusion.
MCV (meningococcal conjugate vaccine)
1 dose

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