Kansas Students Must Now Receive Meningitis, Hepatitis A Vacccines

Kansas Students Must Now Receive Meningitis, Hepatitis A Vacccines

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has announced that students in Kansas must now receive both meningitis and hepatitis A vaccines prior to the 2019-20 school year this fall.

KDHE proposed the changes to the state’s vaccine requirements earlier this year and recently held a public hearing in June that concluded a 60-day public comment period before making the announcement.

“Both Meningitis and Hepatitis A illnesses are severe and preventable, and the safety profile of the vaccines is well-recognized,” said KDHE Secretary Lee Norman. “As an agency charged to establish policies that protect and improve the lives of Kansans, we felt the addition of the two vaccines was essential for the health and safety of our state.”

Changes for the 2019-20 school year:

  • Kindergarten and first-grade students now need two doses of the hepatitis A vaccine
  • Students entering the seventh grade need one dose of the meningococcal ACWY vaccine
  • Students entering their junior year of high school need one dose of the meningococcal ACWY vaccine if they have not received it prior to their 16th birthday – if they have then they will need two doses

As with other vaccines, exceptions are allowed in certain cases such as medical reasons and religious beliefs.

The full 2019-20 school immunization requirements which go into effect on August 2 can be found here.