School Vaccine Information - School Nurses
"It’s the Rule for Back to School”
The Department of Health has changed school immunization regulations as of August 2017. The regulations are intended to ensure that children attending school in the commonwealth are adequately protected against potential outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.
The Montgomery County Office of Public Health (OPH) has compiled a list of resources that school nurses can utilize to assist them with ensuring their students are up-to-date on their vaccinations by the first day of school.
Sample Letter to Parents
School Immunization Rates
School Immunization Regulation Procedure Manual
School Vaccination Requirement Fact Sheet (En Espanol)
School Vaccination for School Nurses
RELIABLE SOURCES OF IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION
The “Pink Book”. The 13th Edition Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, a.k.a. the "Pink Book," provides physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and others with the most comprehensive information on routinely used vaccines and the diseases they prevent. Six appendices contain a wealth of reference materials
: Timely immunizations for parents.
: Vaccine safety resources are available for both parents and
Immunization Action Coalition: Information about immunizations, including links to Web sites, phone numbers, and books.
: This site includes a question and answer section for
Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS): National vaccine safety surveillance program co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Reporting a suspected or confirmed case of a vaccine-preventable disease
To report a suspected or confirmed case of a vaccine-preventable disease, please contact the OPH’s Division of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention at 610-278-5117. Reports are required for diseases that affect school-age children and/or the staff and faculty of a school. Reporting should occur for the following: measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, varicella,