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Meningococcal vaccination is required

As of the 2016 – 2017, students entering the 12th grade are required by Illinois Department of Public Health to have a Meningococcal Vaccination.
Meningitis is a serious and possibly fatal bacterial infection that most often cause severe swelling of the tissue around the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) or a serious blood infection (meningococcemia). To protect your child from this disease the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) made this a requirement for:
Any child entering the 12th grade shall show proof of having received two doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine prior to entering the 12th grade. The first dose shall have been received on or after the 11th birthday, and second dose shall have been received on or after the 16th birthday. If the first dose is administered when the child is 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required. Source: Child Health Examination Code/Part 665
Parents and students, prepare now for your senior year and obtain your Meningitis immunization. It will be a requirement to enter 12th grade where proof of the immunization must be received by the nurse at registration in the fall.

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