IMPORTANT DHHS & DOE Immunization Requirement Change
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Department
of Education revised the Maine School Immunization Requirements rule on
December 20, 2016. The changes further align Maine’s immunization rules with
current national recommendations to better protect the health of all Maine
people. The following two changes were made:
immediately, the exclusion period for varicella disease (chicken pox) has
increased from 16 days to 21 days. This means that, if there is a case of
chickenpox, any child who has not provided proof of immunization or
history of disease will be unable to attend school or any school related
activity for 21 days. This time period will be extended if any further
chickenpox cases occur after the first. The law requires a 21 day
exclusion period after the LAST case.
- Effective for the 2017-2018
school year, all students entering, advancing, or transferring into seventh (7th) grade will need to
receive one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine before
attendance is allowed. This requirement is for 7th grade students only;
grades 8-12 are not included in this rule change.
You can find a link to the rule (Chapter 126 / 261) here:
Pertussis (whooping cough) is a very contagious respiratory
disease that can be severe and last for months. The immunity received from
either early childhood immunization or pertussis disease wears off over time,
leaving older students and adults susceptible to pertussis. Immunization with
Tdap can protect students, schools and communities against whooping cough.
We are providing you with this information now so that you have
ample time to schedule an appointment prior to the first day of the 2017-2018
Below please find the Frequently Asked Questions for more
information on this new school immunization requirement:
FAQs Immunization Requirement
If you have any questions, please contact your School Nurse:
Saco Middle School: Joan Holmes RN, email@example.com or 282-4181 ext. 2400
CK Burns: Sandra Lauzier RN, firstname.lastname@example.org or 282-5800 option 2
Young and Fairfield Schools: Jessica Morgan RN, email@example.com or Young: 284-7053, Fairfield: 282-1322.
For further questions, please contact the Maine Immunization
Program at (207) 287-3746 or (800) 867-4775 or by email at ImmunizeME.DHHS@maine.gov.