New immunizations required for sixth-graders

April 15, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. April 15, 2011

Students entering the sixth grade in fall 2011 have two new immunization requirements.

– Varicella: The school must have the date of vaccine or the date when the student had the disease, also known as chickenpox, on file.

– Tdap: The school must have the date of the vaccine, and proof the student was at least 11 years old when he or she received it.

Washington allows exemption from these vaccines for medical, personal or religious reasons. Notify the school nurse about these vaccines to ease the transition to middle school.