Required Iowa Immunizations for Incoming Seventh Graders
The Iowa Department of Public Health made changes to the Iowa Immunization law. This change requires that all students entering 7th grade have both a Meningococcal vaccine and a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis/whopping cough) booster before school starts this fall.
All students entering seventh grade must have proof of having both the Meningococcal and the Tdap vaccines before school starts in August, unless the student has a Certificate of Immunization Exemption. There will be NO grace/extension period for the implementation of this requirement.
Now is a great time for your child to receive these immunization requirements and beat the back-to-school rush by making an appointment for your incoming seventh grader.
To obtain the State required Tdap booster and the Meningococcal vaccines you may take your child to:
- Your family doctor or health care provider, call and make an appointment today.
- Walk in clinics.
- The Iowa Department of Health can be reached at 515-286-3798 for appointments.
After receiving the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccine, please bring/fax/email the completed immunization record to the school nurse.
Some sixth grade students already have their immunizations updated so please disregard if this doesn't pertain to you.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the nurse at Prairie Ridge.
Thank you for your time and attention to this requirement.