July 31, 2009 · Filed Under Events and News 

There are new vaccine requirements for students entering Fort Worth ISD schools for the 2009-2010 school years. The Texas Department of Health and Human Services made the vaccine changes to bring state elementary and secondary schools more in line with recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control. 

A summary of the changes includes: 

  • Students entering kindergarten will be required to have 2 doses of Hepatitis A and 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
  • All students entering Kindergarten and 7th grade will be required to have 2 doses of varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine.  A written statement from a parent (or legal guardian or managing conservator), school nurse, or physician attesting to a child’s positive history of varicella disease (chickenpox), or of varicella immunity, is acceptable in lieu of either dose of varicella vaccine.
  • Students entering 7th grade now will be required to have at least one dose of meningococcal vaccine.
  • Any 7th grader who has not had a tetanus-containing vaccine in the last 5 years will be required to have a tetanus, diphtheria and accellular pertussis-containing (Tdap) vaccine.  Any student with a medical condition where pertussis is not recommended can have a tetanus-diphtheria (Td) vaccine

In addition to the new vaccines required for the coming school year, there is a phase-in schedule of vaccines required for students through the 2021-2022 school years.  

Additional information on vaccine requirements is available through the Fort Worth ISD Health Services Department. Visit or call 817-871-2190. 

To view the Immunization Event Schedule: BeWiseImmunize2009Flyer Final Eng[1]



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