TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is adding two new vaccines to the list of required vaccinations for the upcoming school year.
As of this fall, kindergartners and First Graders will have to receive two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine, the agency said.
Students in seventh grade must receive an ACWY vaccine against meningococci. Before their first year, they will need another dose of the same vaccine or two doses if the first one was taken before their sixteenth birthday.
"Both meningitis and hepatitis A diseases are serious and preventable as well as safety-relevant The profile of the vaccines is widely recognized," said KDHE Secretary Lee Norman.
The requirements are set out here .
According to KDHE, the increased demands come after a 60-day public comment period over which proposed changes ended last month.
"We have received many comments and contributions from every angle," Norman said. "We have listened to and read all the contributions and concerns that have been transmitted to us."
Security of our state, "he continued.
KDHE stated that, as with other vaccines, vaccine exemptions may be allowed in certain cases, such as medical contraindications and religious beliefs. Medical exemptions signed by a physician must be submitted each year, while parents of students applying for religious exemptions must submit a written statement stating that they belong to a religious denomination that is vaccine-free. [1
Meningococcal ACWY vaccine
The meningococcal ACWY vaccine protects against meningococcal disease. Meningococcal diseases have two common consequences: meningitis (infection of the cerebral and spinal cord mucosa) and infections of the bloodstream. The bacteria causing meningococcal disease spread through the exchange of nasal and pharyngeal droplets, such as coughing, sneezing, or kissing. Symptoms include sudden onset fever, headache and stiff neck. The symptoms of a bloodstream infection include a dark purple rash. About one in 10 people who get the disease die from it. Survivors of meningococcal disease may lose their arms or legs, become numb, have problems with their nervous system, develop developmental disorders, or have seizures or strokes.
Hepatitis A vaccine
The hepatitis A vaccine protects against the hepatitis A virus. The virus is primarily transmitted from person to person via the stool-mouth route. In other words, the virus is taken orally by contact with objects, foods or drinks contaminated by the feces (stools) of an infected person. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, vomiting, stomach pain, and sometimes jaundice (when the skin and eyes turn yellow). An infected person may have no symptoms, may be slightly ill for one or two weeks, may be severely ill for several months, or rarely develop liver failure and die from the infection. About 100 people die of hepatitis A per year in the US