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Maryland Schools Can Request Extension for Vaccine Deadline



    Maryland May Delay Vaccine Requirements

    As schools rush to meet vaccine deadlines in Maryland, health administrators are meeting with the state's attorney general to see if the requirements can be delayed. The News4 I-Team's Scott MacFarlane reports. (Published Friday, Sept. 12, 2014)

    Maryland schools struggling to meet new vaccination deadlines have gotten a break.

    Late Friday, the state said that any school district that has more than 250 students who have not yet proven that they have received two newly-required shots can ask for an extension.

    The districts must request the 45-day extension by next Friday.

    According to the new requirements announced this year, all 7th-grade students must have a Tdap (Tetanus-diphtheria-attenuated pertussis) vaccination and a meningococcal (MCV4) vaccination.

    Vaccine Deadline May Get Pushed Back

    [DC] Vaccine Deadline May Get Pushed Back
    Maryland schoolchildren faced new vaccine requirements this year -- but the deadline for meeting them may be postponed, health officials confirmed to the News4 I-Team on Friday afternoon.
    (Published Friday, Sept. 12, 2014)

    The deadline for getting those shots was Friday in most Maryland districts, including Montgomery County. That means without an extension, students who hadn't gotten the shots would be kept out of school Monday.

    As of Friday morning in Montgomery County, 1,400 out of the school district's 11,076 students still hadn't gotten their vaccines. That's down from the 2,000 to 3,000 students who hadn't gotten them three days earlier.

    In Frederick County, more than 500 7th graders, out of 3,013, hadn't yet complied with the immunization requirement by Friday morning.

    Clinics Set for Last-Minute Md. Vaccines

    [DC] Clinics Scheduled for Last-Minute Md. Vaccinations
    Students in Montgomery and Prince George's counties have just one more weekend to get the immunizations they need to stay in school.
    (Published Friday, Sept. 12, 2014)

    Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Ulder Tillman said the vaccines are for everyone's health and safety.

    Free immunization clinics offered the shots three evenings this past week at several Montgomery County middle schools. On Friday, Mary Anderson, a spokesperson for the Montgomery County health department said the county will continue immunization clinics next week.