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INFORMATIONAL LETTER: 23
POLICY CODE: JLCB
TO: Superintendents of Schools and All School Nurses
FROM: J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner, Department of Education
Kevin W. Concannon, Commissioner, Department of Human Services
DATE: November 14, 2002
RE: 2002 Summary Report on the Immunization Status of New School Enrollees Grades K-12
The Maine Department of Education and the Maine Department of Human Services are conducting the annual immunization assessment of all new students enrolled in grades K-12. This assessment is in accordance with the Maine School Immunization Law (Chapter 661, P.L., Title 20-A MRSA, Sections 6352-6359) and its implementing regulations, which require students enrolled in grades K-12 to be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, and polio.
In the next week, your school nurses will be receiving this letter along with the “2002 Summary Report on the Immunization Status of School Age Children”. A Summary Report should be completed for each school building which enrolls pupils in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Please do not summarize an entire school administrative unit (district) on one report form.
As you know, the requirement for Varicella will go into effect at the start of school year 2003. In preparation of this requirement, we are collecting baseline data on student vaccination status for Varicella (chicken pox) this year. If you do not have the information in student files for these questions (Questions 7 & 8), on the attached form, please enter N/A. You can review the Immunization Requirements for School Children at the following website: http://www.maine.gov/education/sh/index.html (under the table of contents).
Please return the completed Summary Reports by December 15, 2002, to the Department of Human Services, Immunization Program, 2 Bangor Street, #11 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333, fax 1-800-437-5743 or 287-8127.
For additional information or assistance, contact Karen Damren, Maine Immunization Program in Augusta at 1-800-867-4775.
Thank you for your assistance in this matter.