Mandatory Meningitis Vaccine for 7th and 12th Graders

New Immunization Required for Enrollment in Iowa Schoolslittle boy looking at his arm, while receiving vaccine

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Bureau of Immunization, has completed the administrative rules process to require meningococcal meningitis vaccine for students enrolling in 7th and 12th grades.  The change was effective January 11, 2017, and will be implemented at the beginning of the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. All student entering 7th and 12th grades MUST have the meningitis vaccine and show proof on an immunization form to start school on August 24 and 25. 

The new requirement for enrollment in Iowa schools is a one-time dose of meningococcal vaccine received on or after 10 years of age for students in grades 7 and above, if born after September 15, 2004; and 2 doses of meningococcal vaccines for students in grade 12, if born after September 15, 1999; or 1 dose if received when students are 16 years of age or older.