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Required Immunizations for Enrollment

Vaccinate Before You Graduate Clinics, April 2019

HCPSS, the Maryland Partnership for Prevention and the Howard County Health Department in April will offer Vaccinate Before You Graduate immunization clinics offering Tdap, Meningitis, MenB and HPV vaccinations for 11th and 12th graders. Clinics will be held in Howard County high schools.

Details and forms are available online.

All children must have the required State of Maryland immunizations in order to attend school. Parents are responsible for providing proof of immunization to the school prior to the student attending or proof of an appointment for necessary immunizations within 20 calendar days of the first day of school.

Students out of compliance or without evidence of an appointment for necessary immunizations may not be admitted to school.

Immunization Exceptions

  • A medical contraindication (exemptions for specific immunizations) signed by a physician.
  • A lost or destroyed record statement signed by a parent. Proof of measles and rubella immunization by a blood test must be presented. Revaccination may be required. For assistance, contact the Howard County Health Department.
  • A religious exemption statement signed by a parent.
  • The school principal may temporarily admit a homeless student.

Documentation

The MD Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene Immunization Certificate should include the dates of all completed vaccines and be signed by the child’s doctor, health care provider, day care provider or school official. A parent’s signature is not permitted.

Records from a previously attended school are accepted only if they are the most up to date copies.

In some cases a computer-generated record may be acceptable if all needed information and signature are included. A health department official may also sign proof of immunizations.

Questions about immunizations? Contact the health staff at your child’s school or the HCPSS Health Services Office at 410-313-6812.