North Dakota Immunization Requirements
Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, the North Dakota Department of Health School Immunization Requirements have been updated to require a second dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) for students entering eleventh or twelfth grade. This means your current tenth or eleventh grade student will need proof of two doses of MCV4 before returning to school in the fall.
MCV4 protects against meningococcal disease. Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial infection that can cause meningitis, and possibly lead to death or permanent disability within hours of first symptoms. Meningococcal disease is contagious and can be very serious in young people.
Ideally, children should receive one dose of MCV4 when they are eleven to twelve years old and a booster dose on or after their sixteenth birthday. The first dose of MCV4 is required for seventh grade entry. With recent rule changes, one dose of MCV4 is now required for grades eighth through tenth, if missed at seventh grade. Two doses of MCV4 are required for grades eleventh and twelfth.
Also one dose of Tdap is required for eighth through twelfth grade if it was missed in 7th grade.
Please schedule an appointment with your child’s health care provider or your local public health department today. Also, remember to bring in the documentation of the immunization date to the school.
North Dakota Century Code 33-06-05-01 requires any child admitted to school be required to receive the immunizations according to the recommended schedule set forth by the state department of health. Any child not adhering to the recommended schedule must provide proof of immunization or a certificate of immunization by October 1 or within 30 days of enrollment if enrolling after October 1, or be excluded from school or an early childhood facility.
In the case of a child receiving home-based instruction, the child's parent or legal guardian shall file the certification with the public school district in which the child resides. Students who are not vaccinated may be excluded from education or extracurricular activities if there is a threat to their safety due to an exposure. Additional note, in the case of a disease epidemic, inadequately immunized children or children with an exemption form on file would not be able to attend school until there is no longer any danger or further spread of the disease in question.
Mandatory Reporting of (Varicella) Chickenpox
North Dakota Administrative Code 33-06-01-01 states that chickenpox is a mandatory reportable condition in North Dakota. Schools are required to report to the North Dakota Department of Health the name of any student who is absent from school due to chickenpox.