Changes to Immunization Requirements


The Iowa Department of Health has made changes to the immunization law for the start of the next school year.  All students entering school in August MUST have proof of a meningococcal vaccine or a certificate of exemption for this vaccine. There will be NO grace/extension period for the implementation of this requirement.  Your student may be denied attendance if they have not met this requirement for the vaccine.

Your student must also have a Tdap booster before entering 7th grade. The Tdap requirement has been in place since the 2013-14 school year and requires a booster dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria, and a cellular Pertussis containing vaccine regardless of the interval since the last Tetanus/Diphtheria containing vaccine.

Now is a great time for your child to receive these immunizations and beat the back-to-school rush.  Please contact your child’s primary health care provider or call Wapello County Public Health nurses for information regarding the immunization clinic times at (641) 682-5434. You may also call Evans middle school nurse if you have questions regarding these vaccine requirements after August 16 at (641) 684-6511 x2118.