The Ohio Department of Education has mandated that for the 2016-2017 school year all Senior students shall have received two (2) doses of the meningococcal vaccine (MCV4) before being allowed to attend school. This vaccine protects against meningitis, a disease which causes inflammation (swelling) of the spinal cord and/or brain which can cause complications or be fatal.
-The recommended minimum interval between dose one (1) and dose two (2) is eight (8) weeks.
-If the first dose was administered on or after the student's 16th birthday, a second dose is NOT required.
-If a pupil is in 12th grade and is 15 years of age or younger, only one dose is required.
-The school must receive proper documentation of vaccination by the first day of the school year.
If a student has not received the proper vaccination by the 14th day of school, the student will be excluded from school starting on the 15th day and every day thereafter until the school receives proper documentation that the vaccination has been administered.