NJ Mandatory Explanation of Tdap & Menactra Vaccines required for 6th Grade

According to N.J.A.C. 8:57-4 Chapter 14: Immunization for Pupils in Schools, your child requires the below indicated immunizations.

 The amended regulations in N.J.A.C. 8:57-4 State the following:

For sixth grade students, schools must now require proof of one dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine and one dose of the Tdap vaccine.

 8:57-4.10 Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and pertussis vaccine

(h) Every child born on or after January 1, 1997, and entering or attending Grade Six, or a comparable age level special education program with an unassigned grade on or after September 1, 2008, shall have received one dose of Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) given no earlier than the 10th birthday.

 (i) Children entering or attending Grade Six on or after September 1, 2008, who received a Td booster dose less than five years prior to entry or attendance shall not be required to receive a Tdap dose until five years have elapsed from the last DTP/DTaP or Td dose.

(j) Children born on or after January 1, 1997, and transferring into a New Jersey school from another state or country after September 1, 2008, shall have received one dose of Tdap, provided at least five years have elapsed from the last documented Td dose.

8:57-4.20 Meningococcal vaccine

(a) Every child born on or after January 1, 1997, and entering or attending Grade Six or a comparable age level special education program with an unassigned grade on or after September 1, 2008, shall have received one dose of a meningococcal-containing vaccine, such as the medically preferred meningococcal conjugate vaccine.

 *Please note: This applies to students when they turn 11 years of age and attending Grade Six.

 (b) Every child born on or after January 1, 1997, and transferring into a New Jersey school from another state or country on or after September 1, 2008, shall have received one dose of meningococcal vaccine.

 

To access N.J.A.C. 8:57-4 Immunization for Pupils in School which provides information on all vaccination requirements go to: http://www.nj.gov/health/cd/chap14.pdf An immunization guidance grid is also available on-line at http://nj.gov/health/forms/imm-7.pdf