Hawaii health officials encourage vaccinations for incoming 7th graders before school starts

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — All students are required to receive a physical exam and age-appropriate immunizations before starting seventh grade, according to state law.

Parents of children who have not received these within the past year are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

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Before the first day of school, 7th graders must provide documentation of having received the following vaccines or risk being excluded:

  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis vaccine)
  • HPV (human papillomavirus vaccine)
  • MCV (meningococcal conjugate vaccine)

A physical exam is also required within 12 months before starting seventh grade.

What parents need to do:

  • Call your child’s healthcare provider now to schedule an appointment for a physical exam, as part of their well-child visit
  • During this visit, the healthcare provider will:
    • Conduct a physical exam and administer immunizations
    • Answer your and your child’s questions about health and wellness
    • Complete the required form
  • Submit the completed form to the school your child will attend before the first day of seventh grade

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