University School of Jackson

7th Grade Immunization Requirements

The Tennessee Department of Health has new rules for immunization requirements for those who attend child care, pre-school, school and college, which became official on December 9, 2009. The changes are listed in the Tennessee Department of Health rules.

Most of the new requirements will take effect on July 1, 2010. The new Official Immunization Certificate will be available in local health departments.

Detailed guidance for healthcare providers on the new rules and certificate is available at the Tennessee Web Immunization System (TWIS) website. Tennessee healthcare providers who give vaccine can register as authorized users and download the form through TWIS beginning April 1, 2010.

The state’s immunization schedule follows the current schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

A brief summary of the required immunizations for child care facilities, schools and colleges is listed below. The new requirements are in bold print and the effective dates are italicized in parentheses.

All children entering 7th grade (including currently enrolled students)

  • Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis booster (“Tdap”) – not required if a Td booster dose given less than 5 years before 7th grade entry is recorded on the DTaP/Td line (no later than October 1, 2010)
  • Verification of immunity to varicella – 2 doses or history of disease (July 1, 2010)

Children who are new enrollees in a TN school in grades other than Kindergarten or 7th

  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP, or DT if appropriate)
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (2 doses of each, usually given together as MMR)
  • Poliomyelitis (IPV or OPV) – final dose on or after the 4th birthday now required
  • Varicella (2 doses or history of disease) – previously only one dose was required
  • Hepatitis B (HBV) – previously only for Kindergarten, 7th grade entry

Children with medical or religious exemption to requirements

  • Medical – Physician or health department authorized to indicate specific vaccines medically exempted (because of risk of harm) on the new form. Other vaccines remain required.
  • Religious – Requires a signed statement by the parent/guardian that vaccination conflicts with their religious tenets or practices. If documentation of a health examination is required by the school, it must be noted by the healthcare provider on the immunization certificate. In that case, the provider should check the box that the parent has sought a religious exemption.

Hepatitis B (HBV) – only for health science students expected to have patient contact (before patient contact begins) Effective (July 1, 2011)

Students should also consider the need for the meningococcal vaccine, particularly if the student will be living in a dormitory.

Minimum ages or dose intervals – Tennessee follows published CDC guidelines. For vaccines with critical minimum age requirements (e.g., MMR, varicella) or minimum dose intervals, doses are considered valid if given up to 4 days before the minimum age or dose interval. Doses administered more than 4 days early are considered invalid and should be repeated as recommended.

Alternative proof of immunity for certain diseases – A positive serology (year of test documented) is acceptable as an alternative to immunization for measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A, hepatitis B or varicella. For varicella, documentation of provider diagnosed varicella (year) or provider-verified history of disease given by a parent or guardian (year) also is acceptable. By documenting a history of disease, the provider is asserting that he or she is convinced that the child has had chickenpox.

 

Submit Your Proof of Immunization Form

Proof of Immunization

For More Information

Margaret Livingston
Middle School Director

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Hayley Wilkerson
Assistant to the Middle School Director

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