Schools are the second homes of our children. They are the institutions where learning and personality development are continuously promoted. But high populations in close range, makes for a potential niche for disease spread. Accordingly, State laws require students attending school to be up to date on vaccinatons. Maryland Schools make sure that their enrollees are current on vaccines, creating a safe environment for students and their famililes. Vaccine requirements for children enrolling in Maryland Schools are submitted to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on a yearly basis.
Throughout the past years, the government and Maryland school leaders have established a table of the most prevalent diseases that can outbreak in populated areas. Among the noted diseases are Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella—though these type of disease vaccines are typically to be administered right after the first birthday of an infant. Doses of varicella or chicken pox vaccines are to double if a child did not receive their first vaccine at the one year check-up. Tetanus and diphtheria are also of the required vaccines to be administered prior to enrollment.
For a more detailed look at the vaccines to be administered on schoolchildren in Maryland, below is an outline of vaccine requirements for children enrolling in Maryland Schools for the 2014-2015 year:
Kindergarten. UPDATE: All kindergarten age students are to have TWO doses of Varicella vaccine. For Kindergarten entry, as previously required, children are expected to be up to date on all of the following vaccinations and boosters. DTaP/DTP/DT/Td with four doses, Polio with three doses, MMR two doses, and Hepatitis B with three administrations.
Grades 1 to 6. Students in grades 1 – 6 are also expected to be up to date on vaccinations for DTaP/DTP/DT/Td four or three doses, Polio three doses, MMR two, Varicella at least one or two doses, and Hepatitis B three doses.
Grade 7. UPDATE: All grade 7 age students are required as of to receive one Tdap and one Menigococal vaccine prior to attending school. Grade 7 students are also required three doses of DTaP/DTP/DT/Td. Polio 3 doses, MMR two doses, Varicella at least one or two doses, and Hepatitis B 3 doses.
Grades 8 to 12. For grades 8 to 12, vaccination for DTaP/DTP/DT/Td are three doses, Polio 3 doses, MMR two doses, Varicella one or two doses, and Hepatitis B for 3 doses.
It is the aim of these series of vaccinations to ensure that all children who are attending schools in Maryland are free from harmful diseases and the outbreak of such. With this, all parents can breathe a sigh of relief for this joint relationship of the government and school leaders for a better and safer community.