As students prepare to head back to school this month, the Kentucky Department for Public Health reminds parents and caregivers to make sure children and teens are up-to-date on their vaccines. The Commonwealth’s vaccine requirement for school entry, modeled after Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include new requirements for Hepatitis A and Meningococcal vaccines. DPH Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey Howard encourages parents to contact their medical provider to review their child’s immunization status. Effective July 1, 2018, all school-aged children in kindergarten through 12th grade must show proof of having receiving two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine to attend school. Students aged 16 years or older must also show proof of having received two doses on Meningococcal vaccine. The vaccines are covered by most health insurance plans. If your child does not have insurance, contact your local health department for assistance.