Officials: Time to plan for new Hepatitis A immunization requirement; students 16 and older need meningitis booster

School officials around the state are encouraging parents to begin preparing for new immunization requirements for school children.

The law takes effect in the 2018-2019 school year, and requires all students to be given a Hepatitis A vaccine, and students 16 years-old and older to receive a meningitis booster.

Officials say it’s imperative to prepare soon because the Hepatitis A vaccine is given in two doses coming six months apart. Officials recommend students receiving their first shot by February 1 in order to complete the Hepatitis A series by the time school starts.

Kentucky’s new immunization guidelines were adopted before the Hepatitis A outbreak began sweeping the country. In the Commonwealth, 30 Hepatitis A patients have been diagnosed, mostly in Jefferson County.

By Ken Howlett, News Director

Contact Ken at ken@k105.com or 270-259-6000