Virginia requires documented proof of vaccinations for children entering kindergarten, sixth grade and new students attending a public or private elementary, middle or secondary school, child care center, nursery school, family day care home or developmental center. The LENOWISCO Health District staff wishes to remind parents to check their child’s shot records or call a public health nurse if you need assistance evaluating your child’s record. Without these required vaccinations, your child’s school attendance may be restricted:
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, & Pertussis: DTaP, DTP, Tdap —a minimum of 4 doses with at least one dose of DTaP or DTP on or after 4th birthday; DT is required for children who are medically exempt from DTP/DTaP; Tdap: one dose required prior to entry into the sixth grade
- Haemophilus Influenza Type b (Hib) Vaccine—only required for children up to 60 months of age (5 years old)
- Hepatitis B Vaccine—a complete series of 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine is required for all children
- Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV)-a complete series of 3 doses is required for females; the first dose is required prior to entering 6th grade; after reviewing educational materials regarding HPV vaccine, a parent or guardian may elect not to vaccinate the child. This vaccine is recommended for boys but not required at this time.
- Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR) Vaccine- 2 doses with first dose administered after the first birthday and the second dose correctly spaced after the first dose
- Pneumococcal (PCV) Vaccine—ONLY required for children less than 60 months (5 years) old; number of doses depends on the age at first dose
- Polio Vaccine-minimum of 4 doses with one dose on or after 4th birthday
- Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine—two doses, first dose at age 12 months or older and second dose prior to kindergarten with appropriate spacing after first dose
“Vaccines offer effective protection for everyone in the community from serious illnesses such as polio, measles, whooping cough, influenza, meningitis, chickenpox and pneumonia,” said Eleanor S Cantrell, MD, director, LENOWISCO Health District. “Some of these diseases are now rare in the United States because of vaccines; however, they still exist and can lead to many missed school days, missed work for parents, hospitalizations and even premature deaths. Making sure that children receive all their vaccinations on time is one of the most important things parents can do to safeguard their children's long-term health—as well as the health of friends, classmates and other people in your community.”
If your child needs vaccines, visit their clinician now or bring them to the local health department. The health department has walk-in clinics available and no appointment is needed. Call for dates and times. Immunizations required for school entry (K-12) according to the Code of Virginia are provided free of charge. If your child is entering the school system for the first time, s/he will also require a physical. You may also schedule your child’s physical at the health department; fees are based on family income levels.
For more information, call your local health department:
- Wise County/Norton City Health Department at 276-328-8000;
- Scott County Health Department at 276-386-1312; or
- Lee County Health Department at 276-346-2011.