The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) sent out a transmittal dated March 13, 2014 announcing new school immunization requirements that will go into effect at the beginning of the school year 2014-2015. As per the transmittal, Kindergarten Students must have two (2) doses of Varicella vaccine prior to the start of the school year this fall and Students entering 7th grade must have a single dose of Meningococcal (MCV4). By law, students may not be admitted to school without documentation of receiving the newly required vaccinations.
The new requirements have been added to The Code of Maryland (COMAR) 10.06.04.03 and a chart of immunization requirements for each grade is available on the DHMH Center for Immunization, [email protected]. Providers may also call 410-767-6679 for further assistance.