For the school year starting 2017-18, the State Board of Health is requiring all children entering seventh grade in either public or private schools to receive an immunization against a form of meningitis called Neisseria meningitides. This is a quadrivalent conjugated vaccine (MCV4) also known as Menactra or Menveo.
This vaccine is in addition to the dpt (tetanus shot) that is already required for entering seventh grade.
If your child is entering seventh grade, please check their immunization record to make sure that they have had both the dpt and meningitis shot (Menactra or Menveo or MCV4). If they have not call the office to schedule an appointment. Vaccinations are also available through Washoe County Health Department.
Children already in grades 7 to 12 will not be required to receive the meningitis shot to attend Washoe County Schools. But, we do suggest that all adolescents should receive the meningitis shot any way.