On December 20, 2016 the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education revised the Maine School Immunization Requirements rule. Two changes were made. Below is an excerpt from the ruling.
1. Effective immediately, the exclusion period for varicella disease (chicken pox) has increased from 16 days to 21 days. This means that if a case of chicken pox is confirmed in your school and exclusions are recommended, any child who has not provided proof of immunization or history of disease will be unable to attend school or any school activity for 21 days after symptom onset of the LAST case.
2.Effective for the 2017-2018 school year, all students entering, advancing, or transferring into seventh grade will need to receive one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine before attendance is allowed. This requirement is for seventh grade students only; grades 8-12 are not included in this rule change.
If you think your child may be in need of a Tdap vaccine, please contact our office. Children need a Well Child Check (WCC) visit every year. If your child is due for a WCC, we can schedule this appointment and administer the Tdap at that time. If your child is up to date on his/her WCC, but is in need of a Tdap, we can schedule this to be given at a Nurse Visit.