April 11, 2018 Update: The Green River District Health Department is now scheduling appointments for physicals and immunizations. Click HERE for more information.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services / Department for Public Health has released new immunizations for all students attending public schools in Kentucky.
Beginning July 1, 2018:
- ALL students in grades P-12 must show proof of having received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine to attend school.
- All students age 16 and older must show proof of having received two doses of Meningococcal ACWY vaccine (also called MenACWY or Meningitis Booster) to attend school. This is required even if the student received the booster between the ages of 11 and 15. If the first dose of MenACWY was received at age 16 or older, the second dose is not required for school entry.
- Sixth-grade shots are now called Age 11 shots. This means that students must have the Tdap and Meningitis immunizations when they turn 11 years old, regardless of what grade they are in.
Click HERE to view document with summary of all required immunizations and the age/grade at which they are to be administered. NOTE: This is a seven-page document. Please review document in its entirety to ensure that you see all information relevant for your child(ren).
To meet these requirements, a CURRENT Certificate of Immunization Status must be provided to the school, showing the date child received these and all vaccines.
Administration of the Hepatitis A vaccine has been encouraged for several years so some children in our community may already have this vaccine. However, because the Hepatitis A vaccine is newly required for ALL students attending Kentucky public schools, parents/guardians are encouraged to confirm their child's status and/or schedule immunizations NOW to ensure compliance before the 2018-2019 school year. This is a two-shot series, with vaccinations given at least six months apart.
IMMUNIZATION AVAILABILITY AND COVERAGE OPTION INFORMATION
There are several options for obtaining the required immunizations for your child. See below to find the option that is appropriate for your family. ALL families are encouraged to plan ahead and make appointments as early as possible. Some vaccines may become difficult to find because of the huge demand so please don't delay.
Regardless of your choice in where to receive the immunization, you MUST take a copy of your child's immunization record and insurance card to the visit. If you do not have a copy of your child's immunization record, your child's school can provide a copy of what they have on file, but again, please plan ahead to request this information.
Some places do not issue certificates - they may only provide a list of the shots received. A new immunization certificate is required for school. The school may be able to print a new certificate for your child ONLY if you sign a permission form for the school to enter your child's shot history onto the Kentucky Immunization Registry. Click HERE to download that form; print it out, sign it and return to your child's school.
Option 1 - Self-Pay or No Insurance
This is for families who do not have insurance or if you do not have insurance coverage for immunizations
You should go to the Health Department for immunizations. Fees are calculated on a sliding scale based on income; low-income families would pay only a few dollars. No matter how many immunizations are needed, the maximum amount you would be required to pay would be about $40. You also have the option of going to a medical office, clinic and/or pharmacy for immunizations but self-pay costs could range from $30 to $200 for each shot, plus the cost of an office visit.
Option 2 - State Medicaid / Subsidized Insurance that Covers Immunizations
This is for families under the ACA/Affordable Care Act / WellCare or whose insurance coverage will pay for immunizations
Children on Medicaid-type insurance plans can only obtain their immunizations from a provider that accesses the Vaccine for Children Program (VFC). This means you need to see the primary health care provider assigned to your insurance plan, or the Health Department. This type of insurance will not pay if the shots are not given by an office that uses the VFC program.
Option 3 - Private Pay Insurance that Covers Immunizations
This is for families who have health insurance that covers immunizations
Children can obtain immunizations from any medical provider, including their primary care provider, pharmacies or clinics. The following is a partial list of providers in our community (in addition to primary care providers) who currently carry or can obtain the main immunizations for school-age children, including (but not limited to) Tdap, Hepititis A and Meningitis:
Pharmacies - Some pharmacies may have limitations regarding ages of children they may serve - Call ahead to confirm availability and eligibility
Kroger - call first to confirm availability and eligibility
Rite-Aid - call first to confirm availability and eligibility
Walgreen's - call first to confirm availability and eligibility
CVS - call first to confirm availability and eligibility
Nation's Medicines - call first to confirm availability and eligibility
Sam's Club (you do not have to be a member to access services at the pharmacy) - call first to confirm availability and eligibility
Clinics - serve various age groups - Call ahead to confirm availability and eligibility
Immediate Care, Urgent Care - only provides Tdap for older students - call first to confirm availability and eligibility
Deaconess Clinic - serves ages 6 months and older - provides all immunizations but call first to confirm availability and eligibility
St. Camillus - serves age 11 and older - provides most immunizations - call first to confirm availability and eligibility
Gateway Urgent Care - provides Heb B for age 5 and older, and Tdap - call first to confirm availability and eligibility
For immunizations, the Owensboro Health Urgent Cares will see patients ages 12 and older. Call first to confirm availability and eligibility.
Owensboro Health Medical Group Children's Center - 270-688-4480 - 1000 Breckenridge St., Suite 300
Owensboro Health Medical Group Family Medicine - 270-691-8040 - 811 E. Parrish Ave.
Owensboro Health Medical Group Family Medicine - 270-686-8500 - 1325 Triplett St.
Owensboro Health Medical Group Family Medicine - 270-684-1145 - 2816 Veach Road, Bldg. 4
Owensboro Health Medical Group Family Medicine - 270-688-4401 - 1000 Breckenridge St., Suite 401
Owensboro Health Medical Group Obstetrics & Gynecology - 270-417-7700 - 1301 Pleasant Valley Road, Suite 300
Owensboro Health Medical Group Urgent Care - 270-688-1352 - 2211 Mayfair Ave., Suite 101
Owensboro Health Medical Group Urgent Care - 270-688-5310 - 811 E. Parrish Ave.
Click HERE to view informational flyer from Owensboro Health, which includes a list of all OH sites where vaccinations may be obtained.
Information from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services / Department of Public Health is posted HERE. This document includes THREE letters: One each for parents of students at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
For more information, contact your child's health care provider or your school nurse/health technician.