For Immediate Release
Barbara Hersh, 785-368-8053
TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has updated the School and Child Care Immunization Information for the 2012-13 school year at www.kdheks.gov/immunize/schoolInfo.htm. The information provided on the KDHE website is based on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations and the consensus of the Governor’s Child Health Advisory Committee Immunization Work Group.
Changes for the 2012-13 school are minimal. Each required vaccination increased by one grade level. Vaccination requirements such as Hepatitis B have been phased in over the past years. The 2012-13 school year will be the first year that all students will be required to have a complete three-dose Hepatitis B vaccination series.
Updated reports are:
“Vaccines are vital to keeping Kansas students healthy so they can have an optimal learning experience,” said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. “Efforts by child care providers and schools have been central to the success of public health efforts in eliminating vaccine preventable diseases.”
The Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention (BDCP) supports public health by assessing problems and consulting on the appropriate medical and administrative measures to prevent and control single cases and outbreaks of disease. This is accomplished by applying epidemiologic processes and providing core public health services to intervene in the spread of infectious diseases. BDCP provides immunization services including Vaccines for Children and the Kansas Immunization Registry, KSWebIZ. For more information about the Immunization Program, go to www.kdheks.gov/immunize/.