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January 10, 2013
Dear Parents of Students in Colorado Schools, K through 12th Grades (School Year 2013-14)
Immunizations are an important part of our children’s health care, and Colorado law requires that children going to school be vaccinated to prevent vaccine preventable disease. The purpose of this letter is to let you know which vaccines are required for school attendance and which vaccines are recommended for best protection against vaccine-preventable disease (see chart below).
As a parent, it is important to know that in addition to the vaccines required by the state of Colorado Board of Health for school entry, there are vaccines that are recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). This is the immunization schedule that will best protect your child from even more vaccine-preventable diseases.
Parents often have concerns or want more information on children's immunizations and vaccine safety. A resouces developed for parents with frequently asked questions about the safety of vaccines can be located at: www.ImmunizeForGood.com. The Colorado Immunization Program's website is located at: www.ColoradoImmunizations.com.
Schools work hard to ensure compliance with the immunization laws. Your help in providing updated immunization records at school registration and when your child receives additional vaccine(s) is greatly appreciated. Please discuss your child's vaccination needs with your child's docutor or local public health agency. (To find your local public health department's contact information call the Family Health Line at 1-303-692-2229 or 1-800-688-7777). Please bring your child's updated immunization records to the school each time your child receives an immunization.
Colorado Immunization Program
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Immunization requirements will be strictly enforced for all students. Students who do not meet the requirements will be denied attendance according to Colorado Revised Statutes 25-4-902.
Call about free or low cost vaccines at Family Health Line at 303-692-2229 or 1-800-688-7777