New meningococcal booster shot requirement

Posted On: Monday, April 27, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

The Georgia Department of Public Health will require all students entering or transferring into 11th grade for the 2020-2021 school year to provide proof of a meningococcal booster shot (MCV4), unless their first dose was received on or after their 16th birthday. 

Please see the information below from the Georgia DPH for more information. 

Thank you, 

Jefferson City Schools


Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness that affects the brain and the spinal

cord. Meningitis can cause shock, coma and death within hours of the first symptoms.

To help protect your children and others from meningitis, Georgia law requires students

be vaccinated against this disease, unless the child has an exemption.

Before starting the 2020-2021 school year, all students entering or transferring into 11th

grade will need proof of a meningococcal booster shot (MCV4), unless their first dose

was received on or after their 16th birthday.

If your teen has not been vaccinated against meningococcal disease, we strongly

recommend getting your child vaccinated. Getting MCV4 (meningococcal conjugate

vaccine) now will not only help protect your child against the ongoing threat of

meningitis, it will also meet the new school entry requirement.

Ask your pediatrician or local health department about other shots your child may need


• the human papillomavirus (HPV) series

• the tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis shot (Tdap or Td booster)

• an annual flu vaccine; and

• catch-up immunizations, including chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and

hepatitis B.

If your child does not have health insurance or their health plan won’t cover these

vaccines, call your local health department and ask about getting no or low cost

vaccines. For more information, visit or call

(800) 848-3868.

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