School immunization requirements

By Waushara County Health Department Students are required by State Statute 252.04 to either receive the necessary vaccinations prior to school starting or the parent or guardian must sign a waiver. Students who do not meet the requirements may be excluded from school. All required school immunizations should be completed prior to the first day of school. The following are the shots required by age: 2yrs-4yrs old—4 DTap, 3 Polio, 3 Hepatitis B, 1 MMR, and1Varicella; 5K-5th grade—4 DTap, 4 Polio, 3 Hepatitis B, 2 MMR, and 2 Varicella; 6th-12th grade—4 DTap, 1 Tdap, 4 Polio, 3 Hepatitis B, 2 MMR, and 2 Varicella The Center for Disease Control (CDC) gives the following explanations of the vaccines: DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) and Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis): Diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat. It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and even death. Tetanus (Lockjaw) causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to “locking” of the jaw so the victim cannot open his mouth or swallow. Pertussis (Whooping Cough) causes coughing spells so bad that it is hard for infants to eat, drink, or breathe. These spells can last for weeks. It can lead to pneumonia, seizures (jerking and staring spells), brain damage, and death. Polio causes paralysis (cannot move their arms or legs). Polio can result in permanent disability. Polio can also cause death, usually by paralyzing the muscles used for breathing. Hepatitis B is a serious disease that affects the liver. It can cause mild illness lasting a few weeks, or it can lead to a serious, lifelong illness. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): Measles virus causes symptoms that can include fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes, commonly followed by a rash that covers the whole body. It can lead to ear infections, diarrhea, and infection of the lungs (pneumonia). Rarely, measles can cause brain damage or death. Mumps virus causes fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides. It can lead to deafness, swelling of the brain and/or spinal cord covering (encephalitis or meningitis), painful swelling of the testicles or ovaries, and, very rarely, death. Rubella virus causes fever, sore throat, rash, headache, and eye irritation. It can cause arthritis in up to half of teenage and adult women. Varicella (Chickenpox) causes an itchy rash that usually lasts about a week. It can also cause: fever‚ tiredness‚ loss of appetite‚ headache.  More serious complications can include: skin infections‚ infection of the lungs (pneumonia)‚ inflammation of blood vessels‚ swelling of the brain and/or spinal cord coverings (encephalitis or meningitis) blood stream, bone, or joint infections.   It is important to be up to date with vaccines to prevent the spread of disease and to decrease the severity of disease in your child.  Please contact your Medical Provider for immunizations.  If your child has Medical Assistance or has no insurance Waushara County Health Department can assist with immunizations.  Please call to make an appointment at 920-787-6590.