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Reminder issued for sixth-grade, other immunizations; school nurses can help

All students entering sixth grade at Ballard County Middle School in the fall are required to have a physical and several immunizations (TDaP, meningitis and second varicella-chickenpox). The school nurse can provide both the physical and these shots if a student has Medicaid or no insurance. All other students are required to follow up with their private physician for these services.

The school nurse may be reached by calling 270-665-8400, ext. 2021 or 2023.

Any student entering preschool, kindergarten, or transferring to Ballard County Schools for the 2013-14 school year must meet the following health requirements to comply with Kentucky’s state regulations, which will be strictly enforced. (Please see attachment at bottom for complete list by age group.)

Three-year-olds must have four diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis injections; three polio injections; one measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) injection; HiB vaccine; three hepatitis B injections; one varicella injection if the child has not had chicken pox disease; hemoglobin test given within 6 months prior to school entry; a complete physical exam; and a complete eye exam given by ophthalmologist or optometrist.

Four-year-olds must have all immunizations required for kindergarten (see next paragraph), and a hemoglobin test.

Kindergarten students must have four or five TDaP injections, with the last one administered after age 4; three or four polio injections, with the last one administered after age 4; two MMR injections administered on or after 12 months of age; three hepatitis B injections; a complete physical exam; a complete eye exam by an ophthalmologist or optometrist; a dental exam by a PA, ARNP, LHD, RN, doctor or dentist; and two varicella injections if child has not had chicken pox disease.

Parents of new students also will be asked to provide a Social Security number and a birth certificate for each child.

Parents are asked to call early to schedule an appointment with your doctor and/or the Ballard County Health Department. The BCHD may be reached at 665-5432, or 665-8400, ext. 2021 or 2023.

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Complete listing of required immunizations
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