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All students must now have 2 varicella (chickenpox) vaccines.  Updated immunization requirements for 8th through 12th grades for the 2015-16 School year. This mostly affects high school students. 

Please remember, when you have any child's immunizations updated, Please take that documentation to the nurse's office to update files. 

New Exemption Rules

April 15, the Board of Health (BOH) passed new immunization rules to strengthen school immunization exemption policy and improve access to immunization information. The rules require parents to submit documentation of non-medical exemptions from school and child care immunization more frequently. Currently, parents who wish to sign a non-medical exemption do so just once, and it is carried through the student's academic career. The new frequency requirement begins in July 2016. The  exemption form will be available on the Immunization Branch website and can be submitted electronically starting with the new requirements.

Beginning in July 2016, parents seeking non-medical exemptions for pre-kindergarten children will need to submit exemption forms at each age when recommended vaccines are due. The rule will require the filing of a non-medical exemption form at 2, 4, 6, 12, and 18 months of age. From kindergarten through 12th grade, families will need to submit exemption forms annually.  

Finally, starting in July of 2016, schools will be required to report aggregate data to CDPHE that includes number of children who are up-to-date, in process, and those that have an exemption on file. The actual reporting date will be December 1 of each school year, so the first data will need to be submitted 12/1/16.




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