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Aug 17

Get Ready for the New School Year!

School will be back in session before you know it! Parents urged to schedule child immunizations now, avoid the back-to-school rush.

With the new school year just around the corner, Ringgold County Public Health and the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (Iowa HHS) are reminding all parents to ensure their children are up to date on all immunizations. It is important to schedule an appointment with their healthcare provider as soon as possible. Back to school is one of the busiest times of year for families, which is why we urge everyone with school-age children to schedule appointments now to get the necessary vaccines. Diseases such as measles and whooping cough still exist. Keeping kids up to date on vaccines, helps them stay safe from potentially life-threatening illnesses.

In the state of Iowa, all children in licensed childcare, elementary and secondary schools (including middle and high school) must be adequately immunized against:

● Measles and rubella (MMR)

● Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (DTaP/Tdap)

● Polio (IPV)

● Varicella (chicken pox)

● Hepatitis B.

Prior to the start of seventh grade, students are also required to be immunized for meningococcal and receive a Tdap booster. Before 12th grade, a second dose of the meningococcal vaccine is required. Parents and guardians can find additional information about immunizations required for childcare and school on the Iowa HHS website at

In addition to the required vaccinations, it is highly recommended (not required) your child gets vaccinated for certain diseases:

• Flu (influenza vaccine)
AGES 11 & 12
• Human papillomavirus (HPV vaccine)
AGES 13-18
• Meningococcal disease
• Serogroup B meningococcal infection
(serogroup B meningococcal vaccine)