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Health Screenings: What you need to go back to school

6/17/2014

​​​​​​​You can start now scheduling immunizations and health screenings for your child for the 2014-15 school year.

The Winnebago County Health Department will host its 5th Annual Back-to-School Health Clinic from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 at the Health Department, 555 N. Court St. The event is for all students – prekindergarten through 12th grades. Learn more: http://www.wchd.org/userfiles/file/2014%20Back-To-School%20Health%20and%20Safety%20Clinic%20News%20Release.pdf

Students must have the following exams/immunizations before August 25, 2014, the first day of school. Students will not be allowed to attend school until these screenings are complete. (Please note this is a change in past practice.) Appointment cards will not be accepted as a pass into school.

Physical exams: A student must have a physical examination within one year before entering a preschool program, kindergarten, sixth or ninth grades.

Immunizations: Students are required to show proof of basic immunizations and required boosters for Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, and the following:
Pre-K: Haemophilus Influenzae Type B
Pre-K and 6th through 12th grades: Hepatitis B
Children 2 years up to 5th birthday (24-59 months): Pneumococcal Vaccine
Pre-K and Kindergarten: students must show proof of lead screening
K-12th grades: Must show proof of two vaccinations for MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)
Kindergarten, 6th, 9th grades: Must show proof of two vaccinations for Varicella

Vision/dental exams:
Kindergarten, 2nd, 6th grades: Oral health exam is required before May 15, 2015.
Kindergarten: Students entering kindergarten must have an eye exam before August 25, 2014.

These required health examinations, immunizations and lead screening may be obtained at the doctor’s office or clinic of your choice, including your child’s primary care physician, the Winnebago County Health Department (815-720-4000), or the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile (815-971-5800, ext. 5).

Objections: A child’s parent or legal guardian who objects to health or dental examinations or immunizations must submit a letter to the school’s nurse to request an exemption to the law.
If you have any questions, please call the Rockford Public Schools Health Services Office at 815-966-5254.