The Rhode Island Department of Health has posted new guidelines for vaccinations for students in the state. As of August 2017, all incoming seniors will be required to have a booster dose of Meningococcal vaccine before the start of the school year.
Vaccinate Before You Graduate
Students can receive important vaccinations through Bishop Hendricken.
The Vaccinate Before You Graduate (VBYG) Program is available to all students in middle and high school at no out of pocket cost and it is convenient since all immunizations are administered during the school day. All immunizations are reported to KIDSNET (HEALTH’S Immunization Registry) within 48 hours, so that physicians have documentation of all vaccines administered outside of their office.
Most importantly, VBYG offers an opportunity for students to catch up on 11 required or recommended vaccinations that may be needed for school, college or work.
There are two registration options: Parents can fill out the consent form attached below and return it to the school nurse OR they can register online by visiting twc.thewellcomp.com, then clicking on the “Vaccinate Before You Graduate” tab.
VBYG offers the following vaccines:
Influenza (Injectable only)
HPV (New this year: 8th graders required to have received 2+ doses)
Meningitis B (new addition to vaccines offered through HEALTH)
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
Td (Tetanus and Diphtheria)
Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis)
Click here for information on the VBYG program. Vaccination Consent Forms – Click here.
There also is new information about bacterial meningitis. Click here to learn about the illness.