May 10, 2018

Dear Principal, Headmaster, or Administrator,

Vermont Law requires all students to be immunized, unless an exemption is provided, upon school entry.  The Vermont Department of Health receives population-based immunization information from each school annually by January 1st and reveiws the data to ensure its accuracy.  Annual aggregate reporting of immunization data for the entire student body must be made publicly available.

We're pleased to note that statewide, 91.1% of children entering kindergarten are fully vaccinated.  This is a 10-year high.  Kindergarten students provisionally admitted decreased to 5.1% from 6.4% last year.  Provisionally admitted students require follow up and must meet immunization requirements within six months.

The 2017-2018 vaccination coverage data for your school, with a statewide comparision, are enclosed.  For more information about your school's perecentage of "Fully Vaccinated" students, please ask your school nurse or administrator.  Immunization coverage for all Vermont schools can be found on the Health Department webpage.  We encourage you to provide a link to this information on your school website: http://www.healthvermont.gov/disease-control/immunization/vaccination-coverage 

For questions related to compliance with the school immunization law or general vaccine questions please contact the Immunization Program at AHS.VDHImmunizationProgram@vermont.gov or call 1-800-640-4374.

Thank you for your interest and support in ensuring Vermont children are protected from vaccine and preventable diseases.

Sincerely,

Christine Finley
Immunization Program Manager