Avoid long lines and get immunizations updated now

June 24, 2014

Campus nurses are busy this summer calling more than 5,000 students who may be delinquent in updating their vaccines due to an increase in shots required at various grade levels.

Northside ISD is enforcing its “No Shots, No School” policy, which means students who are not up-to-date on immunizations will not be allowed to attend classes when the 2014-15 school year begins on Aug. 25.

Texas law requires all public school children have current immunizations in order to attend class.

Students who come to school and don’t have up-to-date shots will have to wait in the school office for their parents to pick them up and take them to get their shots.

“The closer we get to the start of school, the longer the lines get at the doctor’s offices and city health department,” Northside Health Services Director Shirley Schreiber said. “Please take care of your children’s shots now and avoid a long wait.”

For a complete list of immunization clinics in San Antonio, call the San Antonio Metro Health at 207-8894. For additional information about immunization services, visit the San Antonio Metro Health website.  

Immunization Requirements for 2014-2015

DTP/DTaP/DT/TD/Tdap Five doses required for entry of kindergarten students unless the fourth dose was received on or after the 4th birthday. Doses are also required for students entering pre-kindergarten – school nurse will evaluate.

Students age 7, starting their vaccine, are required to have three doses. One booster dose of a Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis-containing vaccine is required for entry into 7th grade if at least 5 years have passed since the last dose of a Tetanus-containing vaccine. Grades 8-12 require a booster dose of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis-containing vaccine every 10 years.

Polio: Four Doses of IPV are required for kindergarten students unless the third dose was received after the 4th birthday. Doses are also required for students entering pre-kindergarten – school nurse will evaluate. It can be any combination of OPV or IPV. Not required of 18-year-old students.

Measles/Mumps/Rubella: Two doses of MMR are required. The first dose shall be administered on or after the 1st birthday. The second dose is to be administered by age 5 or entry into kindergarten. One dose is required for pre-kindergarten.

HIB: Three doses of Haemophilus Influenza type B vaccine and a booster if given before the child is 15 months or one dose of vaccine if given after 15 months. HIB vaccine is given through 4 years of age and is required for students in pre-kindergarten.

Hepatitis Type A: Two doses of Hepatitis A are required for students in grades PK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. The second dose of Hepatitis A is administered six months after the administration of the first dose.

Type B: Three doses of Hepatitis B are required for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Varicella (Chicken Pox): Two doses of Varicella vaccine received on or after the 1st birthday are required for students in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. Two doses are required if the student was 13 years of age at the time the first dose of Varicella was received. If the student has had Varicella (Chicken Pox) illness, please request a form from the school nurse to validate illness. One dose is required for students entering pre-kindergarten and those in grade 6.

Pneumococcal (PCV7): PCV7 is mandated for all students 3 through 4 years of age. The school nurse will evaluate the number of doses needed or if the student is complete to enter pre-kindergarten.

Menactra (Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine): This vaccine protects students 11 years of age and older from Meningitis. One dose is required for students in grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Parents may request an exemption from immunization requirements for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. For more information about exemptions, call the Texas Department of Health at (800) 252-9152.

Administration of medication at school is strictly controlled by the school nurse according to policy. Procedures for administering short or long-term medications are outlined in the Student-Parent Handbook. For questions, call Health Services at 397-3551.  For information on immunization exemptions, see http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/.