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A new school year is rapidly approaching and Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health (BBPH) reminds parents to get their children up-to-date with required school immunizations.
According to the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), immunization requirements have changed for the 2018-2019 school year. A second dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) will now be required for students entering grades 11 and 12. The NDDoH shared that only 40 percent of 16 and 17-year-olds have received the required second dose of MCV4, which is extremely low.
According to Naomi Friesz, registered nurse at BBPH, “MCV4 protects against meningitis disease, which is a life-threatening bacterial infection that can cause serious physical disabilities and even death. This infection affects adolescents and young adults mostly, but can be prevented with the MCV4 vaccine.”
All children in North Dakota are required to be up-to-date with immunization requirements by October 1 or they will be excluded from school. If you would like to check to see if your child is due for vaccines, call your healthcare provider or BBPH today. For more information on school immunization requirements visit www.ndhealth.gov/Immunize/Schools-ChildCare/.
Please call BBPH today at 701- 355-1540 to schedule an appointment for your child to receive his or her back-to-school immunizations. Remember to immunize on time, every time.
For more information, visit www.bismarcknd.gov/356/Immunizations.