he Ohio Dept. of Health now requires an immunization for students to begin their 12th grade school year in 2018-19 A student entering the 12th grade will now be required to have a Meningococcal vaccine (meningitis-MCV4). Meningitis is a vaccine preventable disease that can lead to neurological issues, seizures, loss of a limb, or death. There is a rise in meningitis in teenagers and college freshman in dormitories. Perhaps your child may have already received this shot and we do not have documentation of it. Check with your health care provider for current vaccine records. The child must have had a Meningococcal vaccine after age 16 to be counted for this requirement. If your child had one MCV4 vaccine before age 16, a second shot will be needed. Again, this shot is a State requirement to begin the senior year. Resources are listed below. Documentation of receiving this shot will be needed to begin school and avoid any exclusions. Please give any documentation to the school office. Thank you for your cooperation.