Dear Parents of Kindergarten-12th Grade Students in Colorado Schools (School Year 2016-17):
Immunizations are an important part of our children’s and the community’s health. Colorado law requires students attending a public, private or parochial school to be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. The purpose of this letter is to remind parents about the need for back-to-school immunizations and to provide immunization information. The chart on page 2 shows which vaccines are required for school attendance, along with recommended vaccines which provide more protection against vaccine-preventable disease. There are no changes to the vaccines required from the previous school year. It is helpful to share this letter with your child’s healthcare provider or your local public health agency (LPHA) where your child receives immunizations.
Colorado follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices schedule. This schedule is approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. This is the immunization schedule which will best protect your child from vaccine-preventable diseases and is the national standard for health care providers who vaccinate your children. Please note: In Spring 2016, it is anticipated the Colorado Board of Health will approve a recommendation that will require all students to receive their final doses of DTaP, Polio, MMR and Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine before kindergarten entry and one dose of Tdap vaccine before 6th grade entry.
Starting July 1, 2016, parents/guardians seeking non-medical (religious or personal belief) exemptions for children in kindergarten-12th grade must submit non-medical exemption forms annually. Medical exemptions only need to be submitted once and require the signature of your child’s doctor or advanced practice nurse. To submit a non-medical or medical exemption, go to www.colorado.gov/vaccineexemption and follow the instructions. Children with an exemption may be kept out of school during a disease outbreak.
Parents may have questions or want more information about children’s immunizations and vaccine safety. Resources for parents about the safety and importance of vaccines are available at: www.ImmunizeForGood.com and www.colorado.gov/cdphe/immunization–education.
Colorado law requires schools to provide school-level immunization and exemption information to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) by December 1, 2016. Immunization and exemption rates for each school will be posted on the CDPHE website as soon as they are verified. Many parents, especially those with children who can’t be vaccinated due to a medical issue, may want to know which schools are best protected against vaccine preventable disease.
Please discuss your child’s vaccination needs with your child’s healthcare provider or LPHA and bring your child’s updated immunization records to school each time your child receives an immunization. To find your LPHA or learn about free or low cost vaccines, call the Family Health Line at 1-303-692-2229 or 1-800-688-7777. For questions about school immunization requirements, please contact your school.
Jamie D’Amico, RN, MSN, CNS
CDPHE Immunization Branch – Schools and Community Coordinator
303-692-2957 | firstname.lastname@example.org www.coloradoimmunizations.com
Immunization Schedule Details Here