The transition of summer to fall starts another school year. If your child is entering in any of the eastside King County schools for the first time, chances are you’re going to hear some crying. Immunizations are prerequisite requirements as well as state law before attending school.
Each school should have a registration packet for the parent(s) of new students. An importance piece of the packet will include Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) form which will need to be completed prior to the first day of attendance. For the Bellevue School District, forms should be completed and returned to school by August 1, 2012 for the 2012-13 school year.
There are different immunization requirements that are dependent on the child attending grades K-12 and child care/preschool, or child care/preschool only. According to the Washington State Department of Health, the following required vaccines will need be administered and verified by your health care provider for children entering child care/preschool only:
- Hib (Haemophilus influenza type b)
For child care/preschool, and grades K-12:
- Hep B
- MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
- Varicella (chickenpox)
For adolescences, ages 11-12, doctors recommend vaccination against meningococcal, pertussis (whooping cough), and human papillomavirus (HPV). More information can be found in a downloadable flyer available in multiple languages at http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/communicable/immunization/school.aspx.
A full listing and description for each vaccine and dose requirements for school year 2012-13 can be found on the Washington State Department of Health website http://www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/immunize/schools/vaccine.htm
Free and low cost immunizations are available at clinics throughout King County. The eastside clinic is located at the Eastgate Public Health Center in Bellevue at 14350 SE Eastgate Way. More information can be found at http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/locations/immunization.aspx.
So, parents or guardians, don’t let procrastination get the best of you and fill you with panic and sleepless nights. Get your child’s immunization status current and up to date prior to the first day of class. If you haven’t done so already, make that crucial appointment with your health care provider. Just be prepared to lend your shoulder to cry on.
Last, but not least, there is an exception to the Washington State law immunization requirements for school entry. In July 12, 2011, a bill was signed to allow requests from after this date by parents or guardians whose religion does not allow medical treatment. Information on the Certificate of Exemption is found at http://www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/Immunize/providers/exemption-info.htm.