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    Notice of Change to Student Vaccination Requirement
    Posted on 03/04/2016
    Parent with child who has chickenpox. Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    School vaccination regulations in Washington state have changed for the upcoming 2016-17 school year.

    The Washington State Department of Health now requires two doses of chickenpox (Varicella) vaccine for all students in grades K through 12.

    Here’s what you need to do

    School nurses will review each student’s vaccination records and notify parents through regular postal mail by the end of the current school year if a student needs additional vaccinations.

    Students who do not have two doses of vaccine by the start of classes in September, 2016, could be excluded from school.

    As we near the 2016-17 school year, SPS will remind parents through social media, including SPS’ Twitter and Facebook pages, on the SPS website, and in the SPS newsletter, School Beat.

    Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease that can be very serious for children and adults. Two doses of vaccine are very effective against the disease.

    More detailed information can be found on the SPS Health Services webpage.

    You can access your family’s immunization records through the Washington Immunization Information System. Visit the Washington State Department of Health website.