T-Dap 6th Grade Requirements
Is there a difference between DTaP and Tdap?
Yes, the amounts of diphtheria and pertussis in these vaccines are different. Upper-case letters in these abbreviations denote full-strength doses of diphtheria (D) and tetanus (T) toxoids and pertussis (P) vaccines. Lower-case "d" and "p" denote reduced doses of diphtheria and pertussis. DTaP is given to children younger than 7 years of age. Tdap is given to older children and adults.
How soon after a student turns 11 should parents of the student provide documentation of a Tdap booster?
Once a student turns 11, he/she is no longer considered in process and must provide documentation of a booster dose of Tdap, or provide proof of an appointment for the booster dose within 14 days.
Must a 10 year old student have the Tdap Vaccine to enter 6th grade or may the student wait until he/she turns 11?
Students who enter 6th grade at 10 years of age and who completed the primary diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis series may defer Tdap vaccine until they turn 11. However, students who did not complete the primary series will be required to meet primary diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine series requirements. If they have met those requirements and the student's medical provider wants to five the Tdap booster when the student turns 11, or the insurance carrier will not pay for the immunization until the student turns 11 that is acceptable.
New Meningococcal Vaccine Requirements
What is the New Meningoccal Vaccine School Requirement?
Effective September 1, 2016, all students entering grades 7 and 12 in NYS will be required to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease.
What grades will be affected?
Students in Grade 7 will require 1 dose of MenACWY vaccine and students in Grade 12 will require 2 doeses of MenACWY with last dose on or after 16 years of age or dose of MenACWY on or after age 16 years.
What happens for a 12th grade students never got the initial vaccine?
A 12th grader who never got the initial vaccine should get one dose now. If the first dose is received on or after 16 years of age, then only 1 dose will be required for 12th grade.
What time frame will be accepted for this new mandate?
No school may allow a child who is not in compliance with immunization requirements to attend school for more than 14 days. The 14-day grace period may be extended up to 30 days for students who are transferring from out-of-state or out-of-country who shows a good faith effort to come into compliance.
What is the minimum interval between doses?
The minimum interval between doses is 8 weeks. A 4-day grace period will be allowed for the minimum interval.