Vaccines Required for School Attendance


Even while schools are remote, vaccinations are one of the best ways to keep students healthy and ready to learn. Students who are behind on 
required vaccinations will need to be in compliance before scheduled in-person learning begins. The Sequim School District Health Rooms in each school are open to assist families. Call your school’s office or visit the Sequim School District Homepage and visit the Health Services website under Departments>Health Services http://sequimschools.org/departments/Health



Washington State Law includes immunizations requirements for School Attendance.
Please refer to the Washington State Department of Health website for current information.

The Washington State Department of Health has NEW requirements for your student’s Immunization Status form (CIS) in the 2020-2021 school year:

All vaccination records for New students enrolling in Sequim School District (including Kindergarten) must be medically verified:

Examples;

  • A Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) form printed with the vaccination dates from the Washington State Immunization Information System (IIS) or MyIR or another States Immunization Information System (IIS). Go to this State website to print your child’s vaccination record:https://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Immunization/ChildProfileHealthPromotion/ForParents/AccessyourFamilysImmunizationInformation
  • A completed hardcopy of the CIS with a health care providers validation signature.
  • A completed hardcopy of the CIS with attached vaccination records printed from health care provider’s electronic health record with the health care providers signature.      

Sonja Bittner BSN, RN
Sequim District School Nurse
(360)477-7728
Secure fax (360)683-0901




Sequim High Seniors and their families, April 29th, 2020

Many of you who are continuing your education will need access to your immunization records, as they are required by colleges and universities. Additionally, some employers in your future might also request this information. The Washington State Immunization Information System (IIS) allows you and your family to access this information at any time it is needed. State requirements have changed for the upcoming year and accessing your records from MyIR (see sign up process below) will make sure you have your records in the required format.

The Washington State Department of Health has NEW requirements for your student’s Immunization Status form (CIS) in the 2020-2021 school year:

All vaccination records must be medically verified:

Examples;

 A Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) form printed with the vaccination dates from the Washington State Immunization Information System (IIS) or MyIR or another States Immunization Information System (IIS). Go to this State website to print your child’s vaccination

https://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Immunization/ChildProfileHealthPromotion/ForParents/AccessyourFamilysImmunizationInformation

Sign up for MyIR to View, Download, and Print Your Family's Immunization Information

MyIR allows you to manage your family's immunization records securely online. Once you register, you can access the records any time you need them. You can also print your child’s Certificate of Immunization Status (PDF) for school and child care entry. You can do all of this without an extra trip to your healthcare provider or school.

Step 1: Go to https://wa.myir.net/register  to begin the sign-up process. If you choose the Auto Match option and the system finds an exact match, MyIR will send you a verification code by either text or phone call. If an exact match is not found, MyIR will direct you to step 2.

Step 2: Fill out an Authorization to Release Immunization Records (PDF) or an Autorización para entregar documentos de vacunaciones (PDF) and check the box indicating you want to access your records online via MyIR. Mail, fax, or e-mail the form to:

Washington State Immunization Information System PO Box 47843 Olympia, WA 98504-7843 Fax: 360-236-3590 E-mail: WAIISRecords@doh.wa.gov

Step 3: Once we receive your signed form, we’ll register you in MyIR and send you a temporary PIN and instructions on what to do next. When you’re done, you’ll have immediate access to your family's immunization records to view, download, or print as often as you need. If you have any questions, please contact us at 360-236-3595 or 1-866-397-0337 or by e-mail at WAIISRecords@doh.wa.gov.

Please let me know if I can be of assistance.

Sonja Bittner BSN, RN Sequim District School Nurse http://sequimschools.org/departments/Health


Vaccines Required for School Attendence

20-21CertificateImmunizationStatusForm.pdf

 

 Clallam County Health & Human Services provides low cost immunizations throughout the year. Call 360-417-2411 to schedule an appointment. Their website has information & a fee schedule.

Clallam County Health & Human Services


*** NOTICE ***

  New 7th Grade Tdap Vaccination Rule 2020

In Washington State, the Tdap vaccine is required for school attendance in certain grades. The Tdap is a booster vaccine which continues to protect your child against the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis diseases they were immunized against as young child.

Starting on August 1, 2020 the Tdap school requirement is changing to start at 7th grade to better align with the updated 2019 national immunization schedule (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent.html). In the past the Tdap booster was required starting at 6th grade.

For the 2020-2021 school year all students attending grades 7 through 12 must have had one dose of Tdap vaccine:

  • For students in 7th grade, the Tdap vaccine must be given at or after age 10 to be accepted for school entry.
  • For students in 8th to 12th grades, the Tdap vaccine must be given at or after age 7 to be accepted for school entry.

To update your child’s Tdap immunization record at the school, you will need to turn in a medically verified immunization record. Your child’s health care provider can print this for you, or you can print it from MyIR, which is a free Department of Health online tool that allows families to view and print their official immunization records themselves. Go to https://wa.myir.net/register to begin the sign-up process.

If you have already let the school know that your child has had the required Tdap vaccine or your child has a valid exemption on file with their school, they will be unaffected by this rule change and you will not need to do anything.

To find out more about this change, or the other changes to immunization rules also happening this fall, please visit the Washington State Department of Health’s website at www.doh.wa.gov/schoolimms2020.



*** NOTICE ***

MMR Vaccine Exemption Law Change 2019

In 2019, the Washington State Legislature passed a bill that removes the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine required for school and child care entry. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 10, 2019.

We know there is great interest in the effects of this law. The department is working on interpreting the new law. Once we know the scope of the final law, we will begin the form change process. At that point we will communicate with interested groups to share next steps.

This page contains quick information and resources on this change to school and child care immunization requirements. Find more detailed information in the Frequently Asked Questions. As more information becomes available, we will share it.

As we prepare for the new law to take effect, we’ll continue our work in helping parents and the public understand the safety record of vaccines and the critical role they have in saving lives.

Law Change Quick Facts

  • The new law will take effect July 28, 2019 and applies to public and private schools.
  • The law also requires employees and volunteers at child care centers to provide immunization records indicating they have received the MMR vaccine or proof of immunity.  
  • This law does not change religious and medical exemption laws. Children who have one of these types of exemptions on file are not affected by the new law.
  • Access your family’s immunization records if you need to check whether you or your child meets the MMR vaccine requirements.
  • This law will not affect most students. More than 9 out of 10 kindergartners in Washington are complete with both doses of MMR vaccine, and 96 percent of 6th graders have both doses. These students, along with those who have medical or religious exemptions, will notice no change from the new exemption law.

https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Schools/Immunization/ExemptionLawChange