Up-to-date immunizations are required for school

Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2006

Prior to school entry, a child must be immunized as required by Alaska State Law against the following diseases:diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A and B and any other immunizations as required by law.

Specific booster doses for some immunizations are re-quired for some students during the school year.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will comply with state law in all matters involving immunization compliance.

Any student who does not provide evidence of each required immunization, or a religious or medical exemption as allowed within Alaska State Law, will be excluded from school until such time as the appropriate documentation has been received by the school.

Provisional Admission: Where regular weekly medical services are not available, the superintendent or designee may grant provisional admission to students in exceptional circumstances for up to 90 days.

Basic childhood immunization schedule.

These vaccinations are required by the State of Alaska for school and childcare entry:

At this age:

· 2 months old — DTP (1st), OVP (1st)

· 4 months old — DTP (2nd), OVP (2nd)

· 6 months old — DTP (3rd)

· 15 months old — DTP (4th), OVP (3rd), MMR

· 4-6 years (before school) DTP (5th), OVP (4th)

· 14-16 years and every 10 years throughout life — Td booster

Vaccine Names: DTP: Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis vaccine; OPV, Oral Polio Vaccine; MMR: Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine; Td: Tetanus-diphtheria Vaccine.

Other recommended childhood immunizations: Hib: Hib vaccination is strongly recommended 4 doses, beginning at 2 months of age; and Hepatitis B is recommended for children at risk of of hepatitis B infection. (It is given in a series of 3 doses.)

Back-to-school shot schedules

Kenai

The Kenai Public Health Center will hold back-to-school immunization clinics on the following dates: from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; and from 9 to 11:30 a.m., 1:30 to 4 p.m. and from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at the center at 630 Barnacle Way, Suite A.

Soldotna

It also will hold clinics at the Cottonwood Health Center at 170 E. Corral St., Suite 1 in Soldotna from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday .

For more information, call 335-3400.



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