New Immunizations Requirements For 2007-2008 School Year
The Mississippi Department of Health announces two new requirements for childhood immunizations effective for the 2007-2008 childcare and school year.
These childhood immunization requirements are recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and must be met in order for a child to enroll in any childcare facility or school within the state.
Effective August 1, 2007, the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV7) or "Prevnar," has been added as a childcare requirement for children under five years old entering childcare for the first time. Parents of children already in childcare should also start making plans to make sure their children have been vaccinated with this pneumonia vaccine. Beginning January 2008, all children, including those already enrolled in childcare, will be required to be vaccinated with the recommended doses of the pneumococcal vaccine. Research has shown the vaccine virtually eliminates invasive pneumococcal disease (including meningitis) in infants and young children, according to Joy Sennett, Director of Communicable Diseases for MDH.