Meningococcal Vaccine Requirements Start with School Year 2015-16

Posted on: September 30, 2015

House Bill 3190, which will require students, upon entering the sixth and the twelfth grade of any public, private, or parochial school, to receive an immunization containing meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) in accordance with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), was signed into law as Public Act 098-0480 to become effective in January 1, 2014; however, the new law allows that the requirement would not be implemented until at least six months after the Illinois Department of Public Health established administrative rules for implementing the law.┬áThe immunization requirement consists of one dose of the MCV4 vaccine for 6th grade entrance and 2 doses for 12th grade entrance, unless the first dose was administered to a child who was 16 years of age or older, in which case only one dose would be required at 12th grade entrance. It is anticipated the meningococcal requirement will be implemented for the 2015-2016 school year.

Even though the meningococcal requirement will not go into effect until the 2015-2016 school year, we encourage providers to vaccinate against meningococcal according to ACIP recommendations, which are available at the CDC website.

Click here for additional guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health.