New Law Requires Meningitis Vaccinations For 7th and 12th Grade Students
Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County is hosting two vaccination clinics for students who need to receive the meningitis vaccine.
A new law in Ohio requires a vaccination against meningitis for students entering the 7th and 12th grades, starting with the 2016-2017 school year. Meningococcal disease, while rare, is a devastating and deadly disease that most commonly affects adolescents and young adults. It spreads quickly, is difficult to initially diagnose, and can cause death within hours. Most cases can be prevented by simply vaccinating against it.
Tuesday, August 16 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pmFairhaven Church637 E. Whipp Rd.Centerville, 45459
Thursday, August 18 from 9:00 am to 5:00pmReibold Buildingdowntown Dayton at corner of 4th and Main St.(Follow signs to second floor conference room.)
- Only 7th and 12th grade students who need the Meningitis or Tdap vaccines
- No appointment necessary
- Bring insurance card if available, fees based on ability to pay
- For more information call 225-5700
Those attending one of the clinics should bring their teen’s shot records if available and insurance card. Public Health will bill Medicaid, Medicaid HMOs, and commercial insurance.
Fees are $122 for the meningitis vaccine and $33 for Tdap plus a $21 per shot administration fee. However, these fees are based on ability to pay. No child will be turned away because they cannot afford to pay. No money is collected on-site.
“Vaccination is one of the best ways we can protect ourselves, and parents can protect their children, from harmful diseases,” said Medical Director Thomas Herchline, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County. “Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, even deadly, especially in infants, young children and the elderly.”
Getting vaccinated according to the recommended immunization schedule is one of the most important things a parent can do to protect their child’s health. Diseases can quickly spread among groups of children who aren’t vaccinated. Whether it’s a baby starting at a new childcare facility, a toddler heading to preschool, a student going back to elementary, middle or high school or college parents should check their child’s vaccination records.