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Meningococcal Vaccine Notice to Parents

All students entering 7th and 12th grade must have the meningococcal vaccine.  Without it they cannot start school on September 6, 2016.
 
About the Vaccine:
  • It is not a new vaccine.  It has been recommended for a decade.
  • Most parents already choose to vaccinate their children.
  • What's new is that the vaccine will be required for school entry as of September 1, 2016. 
About Meningococcal Disease
  • It causes bacterial meningitis and other serious diseases.
  • Teens and young adults are at greater risk.
  • It comes on quickly and without warning.
  • Its symptoms are similar to the flu.
  • Every case of this disease can result in death or long-term disability. 
Please check with your doctor.  Even children who have had a shot before may still need a booster to start school.
 
To learn more, visit http://health.ny.gov/immunize 



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