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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has approved two new vaccines — Meningococcal and Hepatitis A — now required for school-age children for the 2019-20 school year.
“We received many comments and input from all viewpoints,” KDHE Secretary Lee Norman said. “We listened and read all of the input and concerns submitted to us. We looked at the evidence. Both Meningitis and Hepatitis A illnesses are severe and preventable, and the safety profile of the vaccines is well-recognized. As an agency charged to establish policies that protect and improve the lives of Kansans, we felt the addition of the two vaccines was essential for the health and safety of our state.”
More information from the KDHE is available here.
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has the two new vaccines available, said Clinic Supervisor Kathy Colson.
The clinic accepts all insurance — private and state-supported KanCare — and anyone 18 or younger might qualify for the federal Vaccines for Children program, Colson said. The meningitis vaccine costs $129, while the hepatitis A vaccine for anyone 18 or younger is $50.
You can call the clinic at 785-843-0721 for more information, or visit the LDCHD Online Check-In App during clinic hours to get in line for immunizations.
Changes for 2019-20 School Year
• Students entering Kindergarten and Grade 1 for the 2019 -2020 school year now need two doses of the hepatitis A vaccine.
• Students entering Grade 7 for the 2019-2020 school year need one dose of the meningococcal ACWY vaccine.
• Students entering Grade 11 need one dose of the meningococcal ACWY vaccine if not vaccinated prior to their 16th birthday. They will need two doses if their first dose was before their 16th birthday.
Vaccine requirements for schools can be found online here.