Proof of Vaccinations Required
All students enrolling for the first time at WAC must comply with Mississippi immunization requirements against communicable diseases and entering seventh graders must show proof of an adolescent whooping cough (pertussis) booster vaccination.
Current state entry immunization requirements encompass vaccinations that provide protection against:
· Diptheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP)
· Polio (IPV)
· Hepatitis B
· Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
· Varicella (chickenpox)
Mississippi instituted the whooping cough booster (Tdap) vaccination requirement in 2012-13 due to increasing concern about pertussis -- a highly contagious and life-threatening disease that adolescents can contract and easily transmit to younger children. Immunity to pertussis from early childhood vaccinations weakens over time.
The Mississippi State Department of Health also suggests consideration of vaccinations against meningococcal disease and human papillomavirus (HPV), and a varicella (chickenpox) booster as well for teenagers. Doctors, other health care providers, and county health departments provide vaccinations and complete the Form #121 Certificate of Immunization Compliance to present to schools.