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ALL Kentucky students entering grades K-12 in 2018 must have new immunizations, new certificates; first shots should be given now
A recent amendment to Kentucky state law regarding required student immunizations schedules will go into effect for the 2018-19 school year. However, to meet the new requirements, most students likely will need to receive the first new immunization before January 2018.

“Our district just received these new regulations, and we are trying to get a head-start in the process,” said Ballard Director of Pupil Personnel Bob Wilson. The district will offer a clinic on Dec. 11 to help with this effort (please see more below).

New regulations are as follows:

-ALL students who will enter grades K-12 in 2018 must have two Hepatitis A shots in order to start school in August. Please understand that Hepatitis A vaccine is a series of two shots, and the injections must be given six months apart. It is important that all children receive the first shot by no later than Jan. 1, so the second shot may be given before school’s Aug. 15 start date. 

-Students aged 16 years and older also must show proof of receiving Meningococcal ACWY vaccine. If the first dose of MenACWY vaccine was received at age 16 or older, then the second dose is not required for school entry.

-Every child must obtain a new immunization record showing he or she has received the age-appropriate vaccines for school entry. For more information, please call the Ballard school nurse at 270-665-8400, ext. 2021 or 2023, or ask to speak with Jayde (elementary) or Jennifer (middle and high).

Ballard schools are offering a clinic day on Dec. 11 to provide the first Hepatitis A shot. Forms will be sent home with student the week of Nov. 30. For students to receive the immunization at school, parents/guardians are asked to please complete the provided form with the child’s complete insurance information.

If you have not received a form by Dec. 4, please call the nurses’ numbers above.

Parents of students not receiving the Hep A immunization at school on Dec. 11 should call their healthcare provider as soon as possible to set up an appointment for obtaining the first shot. “Remember, that both Hep A shots are required, and they must be given six months apart, which means the students will need their first shot by Jan. 1 in order to get their second shot before the beginning of the 2018-19 school year,” Wilson continued. 

“It’s not just us,” he said. “Students across the state who have not completed the two-shot series will not be able to enroll for the 2018 school year, as dictated by these new Kentucky Administrative Regulations (902 KAR 2:060). We’re trying to help make it as easy as we can, and we ask that you please help your child and the district by being proactive and meeting the new requirements as early as possible.”  

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Table: Full immunization requirements