W.Va. Seeks Comment On School Disease Changes

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The public is being asked to weigh in on proposed changes to the state's disease control policy for public schools.

The proposed changes include requiring seventh-graders to receive a booster dose of the Tdap vaccine and a dose of the meningococcal vaccine. High school seniors would be required to show proof they've had a dose of Tdap and a booster dose of the meningococcal vaccine.

A new Bureau for Public Health rule requires these immunizations, beginning in the 2012-2013 school year.

Another change would make local health departments accountable for student immunization records instead of schools.

The West Virginia Board of Education put the revisions out for public comment on Thursday for 30 days.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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