June 22, 2002
Beginning Monday, June 24, 2002, the Department of Health will
remind parents statewide of new immunization requirements for students
entering 7th grade through a 30-second television public
service announcement as part of the Department’s Vax to School
campaign. Radio stations throughout Hawaii will also begin a campaign
in support of the project.
The Department of Health and the Department of Education have been
working together to spread the message to families about the new
immunization laws for Hawaii students. Besides TV and radio, numerous
messages have been displayed on buses, at schools and doctors’
offices, in newsletters and newspapers. Major stores in Hawaii will
also soon be distributing flyers to their customers statewide.
Seventh graders cannot begin 7th grade without an
up-to-date shot record. The 7th grade Student Immunization
Record – the 7th grade yellow card – provides
the documentation for entry into school.
Department of Health Educator Gail Ogawa said, "Much has been done
– more than 6,100 incoming 7th graders have already turned in
their 7th grade yellow cards. Parents are beginning to get the message.
However, many more still need to turn in their yellow card in order to
attend the upcoming school year. We are hoping that the TV and radio
spots will reach the remainder of parents to remind them to turn in
their child's yellow card before the first day of school."
By the FIRST DAY OF 7th grade, all students – both
public and private – must show that they have had the following
- 3 Hepatitis B
- 2 MMR (Measles, Mumps, & Rubella)
- 1 or 2 varicella (chickenpox)
A 7th grade student may attend school on the
1st day if their school has received the following
- A 7th Grade Student Immunization Record (yellow card),
signed or stamped by the student’s doctor, indicating that the
student has completed all of the required vaccinations (a documented
history of chickenpox disease, signed by the doctor, may be substituted
for the chickenpox vaccination)
- or -
- An appointment slip from the doctor, indicating that the student is
in the process of completing the required immunizations.
- or -
- A physician note, indicating that the doctor does not currently
have a supply of the required vaccine and that the student will be
recalled when the vaccine arrives.
Students without one of the above will not be permitted to attend
school. As playfully illustrated in the public service announcement,
many parents view the 7th grade yellow card as a "ticket"
for school entry. And it is.
There are resources in the community for parents whose
7th graders still need shots. Parents who do not have a
family doctor and/or are uninsured and wish to locate an immunization
clinic in their neighborhood, should call Ask Aloha United Way at
275-2000. Neighbor islands may call toll-free at 1-877-275-6569.
For more information about the new school immunization requirements,
visit the DOH website at www.VaxToSchool.com or call the Hawaii Immunization
Program at 586-8323. Neighbor islands may call toll-free at
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