Immunization

Indiana law requires that students in all grades are required to meet the minimum immunization requirements. The immunization record must include the student’s name and date of birth, the vaccine given and date (month/day/year) of each immunization. Below lists the Indiana school requirements of vaccines with number of doses students must have before attending class.  School attendence will be denied until Indiana State Department of Health immunization requirements are complete. 
 * You may review your child's shot record on skyward. This record is what you have provided the school system.
Exclusion from School
When a child enrolls into Valparaiso School Corporation at any grade level, the parent/guardian must provide record that their student has been immunized or that a current religious or medical objection is on file. The child may register, but school attendance will be denied until state immunization requirements are met.
 
Medical or Religious Objections
Medical objections (medical objection form) to immunizations must be signed by a physician and parent/guardian each year. The medical exemption must contain a physician's certification that a particular immunization is detrimental to the child's health. The objections must be on file with the school. Religious objections (religious objection form) may be signed by the parent/guardian each year and must be on file with the school. A philosophical objection is not allowed in Indiana.
 
Immunization Sites
Immunization locations: 
Your local physician or pediatrician
Porter County Department of Health Immunization Clinic (219) 465-3525 
HealthLinc (219) 462-7173.
Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Take a copy of your child's immunization records.
 
New Immunizations
The Indiana State Department of Health requires updated immunizations for children entering 6th and 12th grades.  Please refer to immunization schedule.  
 
After receiving any immunizations, please provide a copy of your updated shot record to your school nurse.
 
Meningococcal Immunization
Meningococcal disease is a dangerous disease that can strike children and youth. The disease can progress rapidly and within hours of the first symptoms, may result in death or permanent disability including loss of hearing, brain damage, and limb amputations.
Current information about the need for the meningococcal vaccine may be view from the Center for Disease Control. Parent Letter Get the Facts. Get the Facts - Spanish Version
 
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Proof of Hepatitis B immunizations are required for all students enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Provide the proof of immunizations to your school nurse.http://www.immunize.org/vis/hepatitis_b.pdf
 
HPV
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection 
HPV is a virus that causes many infections. HPV infection is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STD). This infection is spread by skin-to-skin contact during sex with a person infected with HPV. It causes genital warts or infection of the cervix (the upper part of the vagina) which connects the uterus or womb. The best way to prevent getting HPV is to not have sex, because a person usually can't tell if he or she is infected. Infected people can give the virus to others during sexual contact without knowing it. Most females get HPV soon after becoming sexually active. Even though the HPV infection can go away on its own, it may last for months or years. There is no medication to treat HPV infection so it is very important to prevent infection or find its presence early. HPV infection can cause cervical changes that can lead to cancer of the cervix. It can also cause cancer of other genital organs. A Pap test, which examines the cells of the cervix, can find the presence of these cervical changes due to HPV infection. If the Pap test shows abnormal cells, a health care provider will do more tests and/or provide treatment as needed.
 
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/default.htm#HPV