Before a child may start school, a completed Maryland immunization certificate form showing compliance with immunization requirements must be given to the school principal.

County schools urge parents to check their children's health records for compliance with immunization requirements and complete the forms before school starts.

State requirements include:

* Nursery through age 7 -- Pupils cannot be admitted to school unless their parents or guardians have furnished evidence of primary immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles (rubeola), German measles (rubella) and poliomyelitis.

* Age 8 through 18 -- Children must show proof of immunity against measles (rubeola), German measles (rubella), diphtheria, tetanus and poliomyelitis.


If a pupil must take medication while in school, the following procedure must be adhered to for prescription medications and such over-the-counter medications as aspirin, acetaminophen, cold and allergy preparations and medicated lotions or creams:

* A complete written physician order must be obtained by the parent or guardian.

* The parent or guardian must give the school written permission to administer the medication to the pupil.

* The medication must be in a labeled container with the name of the child, name of the medication, date of the order, complete directions for administration, physician's name and expiration date of the medication.

The labeled pharmacy container is preferred, if possible. For additional information, contact the school.

* As of July, Senate Bill552 will require anyone enrolled for the first time in a Maryland public school to have a physical examination between the nine months before entering school and the six months after being admitted. Parentsor guardians should have a physician complete the health inventory form from the state Department of Education. The form is available at area schools.

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