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Amended Immunization Regulation - Update from the Kentucky Department for Public Health

Aug 18, 2017

Kentucky Immunization Program 07/26/2017

The Kentucky Department for Public Health is pleased to announce the recent changes to 902 KAR 2:060 Immunization schedules for attending child day care centers, certified family child care homes, other licensed facilities which care for children, preschool programs, and public and private primary and secondary schools, http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/902/002/060.htm. This amended Kentucky Administrative Regulation, effective June 21, 2017, requires all children to have a current immunization certificate on file, contains the required immunizations schedule for attending, and has a process to obtain a religious exemption from the required immunizations.

Changed items to note in this amended Immunization regulation include:

  • One new age-specific immunization requirement and one booster dose requirement effective for the school year beginning on or after July 1, 2018:
    • 2-Dose series of hepatitis A vaccine (Age: 12 months through 18 years)
    • Quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) booster dose (Age: 16 years and older)
  • Routine certificate reviews are to occur at enrollment in a day care center, kindergarten, seventh grade, eleventh grade, and twelfth grade (only for the 2018-2019 school year); new enrollment at any grade; upon legal name change; and at a school required examination pursuant to 702 KAR 1:160.
  • All vaccines administered are printed on the Commonwealth of Kentucky Certificate of Immunization Status now including immunizations not required for school entry.
  • A Commonwealth of Kentucky Certificate of Immunization Status printed from the Kentucky Immunization Registry (KYIR) does not require a signature.
  • Religious exemptions shall be documented on a signed and notarized Commonwealth of Kentucky Parent or Guardian’s Declination on Religious Grounds to Required Immunizations. There will be a space for the parent or guardian to initial each specific immunization they are choosing to decline.
  • Homeschooled children are required to submit a current immunization certificate to participate in any public and private school activities.
  • Out-of-state immunization certificates may be accepted if they meet the same age-specific requirements as outlined in this regulation.
  • A licensed practical nurse (LPN) designee of a physician, local health department administrator, or other licensed healthcare facility may sign the Commonwealth of Kentucky Certificate of Immunization Status.


New versions of forms, effective June 21, 2017, can be found on Websites for the Kentucky Immunization Program, http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/epi/Immunization.htm and the
Kentucky Department of Education, http://education.ky.gov/districts/SHS/Pages/Immunization-Information.aspx

A complete summary of the changes is found here: http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/epi/Immunization.htm