2016-2017 New Meningococcal Immunization Requirements

  • With the start of the 2016-2017 school year, Ohio will be faced with new meningococcal vaccine requirements for students entering seventh and 12th grades.

    Students entering seventh grade will need to have one dose of meningococcal (serogroups A, C, W and Y) vaccine in addition to the current requirement of having one dose of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) vaccine.

    Students entering the 12th grade will need to have a second dose of meningococcal vaccine. The second dose must be administered on or after the 16th birthday. If the first dose of meningococcal vaccine was administered after the 16th birthday, a second dose is not required.

    For more information on the meningococcal vaccine:
    http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/who/teens/vaccines/mening.html#why

    For more information on Ohio school immunization requirements:
    https://www.odh.ohio.gov/~/media/ODH/ASSETS/Files/bid/immunizations/Directors%20Journal%202016.pdf