New for 2017-18 school year!

The meningitis vaccine is a NEW REQUIREMENT by the Iowa Department of Public Health for the start of the 2017-2018 school year for 7th and 12th grade students.

• All students entering 7th grade must have the meningitis vaccine AND a Tdap booster.

• All students entering 12th grade must have the meningitis vaccine. Those who had the meningitis shot before age 16 will need a booster before 12th grade. Students who have not had these vaccines will not be able to start school in the fall.

What to do:

• Call your vaccine provider to see if your child is due

• Schedule a visit if necessary to get the vaccinations

• Bring an updated Iowa Certificate of Immunization from your provider to your child’s school during registration

Where can I go for vaccinations?

• If your child has health insurance that covers immunizations (including hawk-i), s/he should get shots at your medical provider

• If your child has health insurance that does not cover any immunizations, s/he should get shots at Community Health Partners or Promise Community Health Center

• If your child is on Medicaid, s/he should get shots at Community Health Partners or at one of the following medical clinics (please note a fee may be charged at the medical clinics, call ahead for details): Hawarden Regional Healthcare Clinic, Hegg Memorial Medical Clinic, Hull Medical Clinic, Promise Community Health Center and Sioux Center Medical Clinic

• If your child has no health insurance, s/he should get shots at Community Health Partners on a donation basis, or at one of the following medical clinics (please note a fee may be charged at the medical clinics, call ahead for details): Hawarden Regional Healthcare Clinic, Hegg Memorial Medical Clinic, Hull Medical Clinic, Promise Community Health Center and Sioux Center Medical Clinic

About Meningococcal Disease:

• Causes bacterial meningitis and other serious diseases

• Comes on quickly and without warning

• Can result in death or long-term disability

• Teens and young adults are at greater risk

For questions or additional information, contact:

Community Health Partners of Sioux County

Teri Bos, RN, BSN

Sarah Van Wyk RN, BSN

Phone – 712.737.2971 or 1.800.435.3454

Email – chp@siouxcountychp.org

Website – www.siouxcountychp.org