Schools in Washington are required to provide information on Meningococcal disease to parents/guardians of all students entering grades 6-12. Meningococcal disease is a serious, but rare bacterial infection affecting the brain (meningitis) and blood. This disease spreads through direct contact with infected persons by coughing, kissing, or sharing anything by mouth, such as water bottles. A vaccine is available that can protect your child against the most common types of bacteria that cause meningococcal disease. The vaccine is not required for school attendance. We encourage you to learn more about the disease and prevention and speak to your child's health care provider about immunizations. Website information is available at Meningococcal Meningitis.
HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS (HPV)
Washington Law requires school districts to annually provide parents and guardians with information about Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and its vaccine, beginning with 6th-grade girls and boys. The HPV vaccine protects against four types of HPV which cause 70% of all cervical cancers and 90% of genital warts. The Federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends the HPV vaccine for all girls and boys age 11-12 years. The HPV vaccine is not required for school entry in Washington. We encourage you to learn more about HPV and speak to your child's health care provider about immunizations. Website information is available at Human Papillomavirus (HPV).