No shots? No record? No school.
BISMARCK, N.D. – October 1 will be here before you know it and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is reminding parents to make sure their children are up-to-date on immunizations.
North Dakota state law requires students in grades kindergarten through 12 to meet a minimum number of required immunizations before they can attend school. Children who are not in compliance, either up-to-date or have a signed exemption form, by October 1 will be excluded from school for not meeting requirements.
“Ensuring children are up-to-date on immunizations is the best way to keep students healthy and stop the spread of diseases such as measles, mumps, and pertussis in our schools,” said Jenny Galbraith, epidemiologist with the NDDoH. “Children who are not immunized are not only at risk of becoming ill from a variety of diseases, but are also able to transmit diseases to others, including those who may not be able to be vaccinated due to various medical conditions.”
If you haven’t done so, check with your health care provider to find out which vaccines your child needs. Once your child is up-to-date, be sure to get a copy of his or her immunization record to submit to the school. You can find more information about which vaccines are required for school at www.ndhealth.gov/immunize.
Cost should not be a barrier to getting children up-to-date on immunizations. Children who are uninsured or whose insurance does not cover vaccines can receive vaccine at no cost through the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC). Contact your health care provider or local public health unit if you believe your child could be eligible for VFC vaccines.
For more information on school immunization requirements, contact Jenny Galbraith, NDDoH, at 701-328-2335, or visit www.ndhealth.gov/immunize.