KCPS reminds families about Hepatitis A

Dear Knox County Families and Staff,

During the past week, our schools have been sending home by students letters reminding families about the Hepatitis A vaccination requirements that started this school year.

Due to the statewide outbreak of Hepatitis A, and the new state immunization law, we recommend that everyone take an opportunity to speak to their healthcare professional about the vaccination.

The letter sent home by students is addressed specifically to those families that have not submitted a record of their child’s immunization. If your child has received the Hepatitis A vaccination please be sure to provide proof of immunization to your child’s school.

If your child has received the first shot and is scheduled for the second shot in the future, let this letter be a reminder to check with your healthcare professional for the date that the second can be scheduled.

If your child has had both and you have submitted documentation to your child’s school, we appreciate your prompt attention and you may discard the letter.

Your child may not be allowed to continue in the 2018-2019 school year if they are not up to date. Each day of absence will be counted as unexcused absences and could result in court action.

If you wish for your child to receive their immunizations from the school nurse or Knox County Health Department Nurse, please fill out the form that was sent home and return it to your child’s school.

Physicals and other immunizations may also be obtained at school, from Family Health Care Associates or the Knox County Health Department.

Thank you for helping keep our students healthy and well!

If you have any questions about the Hepatitis A requirements please contact the nurse at your child’s school or Gina Sears, Director of Student Support Services/DPP at gina.sears@knox.kyschools.us.