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New Maine School Immunization Requirements
Jo Haney
Wednesday, April 25 2018

New Maine School Immunization Requirements

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education have revised the Maine School Immunization Requirements rule to now include meningococcal meningitis disease.

The following changes are effective for the 2018-2019 school year for all students attending a public or private school in the State of Maine:

• One dose of meningococcal vaccine MCV4 is required for all students entering 7th grade.

• Two doses of meningococcal vaccine MCV4 are required for students entering 12th grade, with a minimum interval of 8 weeks between dose one and dose two. If the first dose of meningococcal vaccine was administered on or after the 16th birthday, a second dose is not required.

We are providing you with this information now so that you have ample time to schedule an appointment prior to the first day of the 2018-2019 school year.

If you have any questions, please contact Kate Schwehm, School Nurse 633-9814.

For further questions, please contact the Maine Immunization Program at (207) 287-3746 or (800) 867-4775 or by email at ImmunizeME.DHHS@maine.gov.

Updated Immunization requirements for the 2018-2019 school year.

DOSES IMMUNIZATION

5 DTAP (4 if the 4th dose given after 4th birthday)

4 Polio (3 if 3rd dose given after 4th birthday)

2 MMR (first dose on or after first birthday)

1 Chickenpox (2 doses recommended) or proof of immunity.

1 Tdap for all students entering 7th grade

1 Meningococcal (MCV4) for all students entering 7th grade

2nd Meningococcal (MCV4) for all students prior to entering 12th grade

Thank you.