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7th and 12th Grade School Based Immunizations 

Dear Parent or Guardian:
 
New state immunization requirements will require all students entering 12th grade in the 2012-2013 school year to show proof of a single dose of Tdap vaccine, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and at least one dose of the meningococcal vaccine, given after their 16th birthday.
 
The Kanawha Charleston Health Department (KCHD) encourages you to take your child to their physician for a routine adolescent check-up to determine if your child’s shots are current and meet the school entry guidelines. In an effort to assist parents who are not able to receive these required vaccinations at their child’s physician office, KCHD will be holding immunization clinics at five (5) area high schools beginning in April.
 
If your child is uninsured or underinsured they may qualify for the Vaccines for Children program that provides free vaccine to children age 18 and under without any out-of-pocket expense to the parent. Children enrolled with Medicaid or WVCHIP also receive state-supplied vaccines at no cost to the parent. If your child is insured, KCHD can bill most major insurances for the vaccines. Submission of insurance information does not guarantee that the insurance company will cover the vaccine(s) given. If the insurance company does not cover the vaccine(s), the parent or legal guardian will be responsible for the charges. Parents/guardians will also be responsible for any deductibles and co-pays.
 
Immunization saves lives and protects our children. Enclosed with this letter you will find a copy of the recommended vaccinations for children ages 7 through 18. KCHD looks forward to working with Kanawha County Schools to make Kanawha County a safer, healthier community.