The Ohio Department of Health requires all students entering the12th grade to have (2)
Meningococcal (MCV4) Vaccines prior to entry. If the first dose of MCV4 was administered on
or after the child’s 16th birthday, a second dose is not required. This requirement is for ALL
12th graders who are enrolled at Belpre City Schools which include but not limited to those
who may attend Washington County Career Center and those taking college classes. The MCV4
vaccine is given in order to prevent meningitis. As with other Ohio school immunization
requirements, students who do not provide written documentation of these immunizations are
subject to exclusion from school. To avoid exclusion, I am sharing this information with you so
that you have time to schedule this vaccine before school starts in the fall. Once your child has
received these immunizations or if your child has already received these immunizations, please
provide a copy of the vaccine record from the physician’s office to the school nurse. You may
have the physician’s office fax the immunization record to the Belpre High School fax at
For more information about the Meningococcal (MCV4) vaccine, you may call the Ohio
Department of Health (ODH) Immunization Program hotline at 800-282-0546. Further
information can also be found on the ODH web site at: https://www.odh.ohio.gov
Students entering Grade 7 in the State of Ohio. All seventh-grade students will be required to have the addition of one dose of
Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) as a booster to the initial series of required doses. Ohio
is requiring the Tdap vaccine, as opposed to Td, to protect against Pertussis (whooping cough).
In addition to the Tdap, your child is also required to receive the Meningococcal vaccine prior
to entry into Grade 7. The Meningococcal vaccine prevents bacteria that is commonly spread
from person to person, especially in teens and young adults. These bacteria can cause
meningitis, which is an infection of the fluid and lining surrounding the brain and spinal cord; it
can also enter the bloodstream, causing sepsis.
Please contact your health care provider to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccines
your child will need for the next school year. For a complete list of immunization requirements
for school-age children in the State of Ohio, please go to
If you have any questions or concerns contact Nurse Megan at 423-3010
Please click below for newly released information about the Enterovirus D68. You may also follow this link for more information. http://cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/ev-d68.html
Where Can I Get My Child's Shots?
Belpre City Health Department:
715 Park Drive
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
There are new requirements for children entering Kindergarten, 7th and 12th grade. Make sure your child is up-to-date with their school shots. Anyone can attend this clinic, regardless of what city or state you reside in. There is a $10.00 fee for each shot or the Ohio Medical Card is accepted. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay. Please bring your child's immunization record. No appointment is necessary. Please call 740-423-7592 for further information.
Marietta City Health Department: 740-373-0611
Mondays 8:00 - 4:00 The 1st Monday of the Month 8:00 - 6:30
Washington County Health Department: 740-374-2782
Wednesdays 1:00 - 6:00 and Fridays 9:00 - 4:00
What should I do if my child gets head lice?
Be proactive and check for lice often during the school year.
If one child has lice, check the hair of everyone else in your house.
Lice can live on any person’s head …regardless of age, income, social status, or cleanliness.
Lice are passed from direct personal contact (head-to-head contact or combs, hats, or coats). Talk to your child about prevention.
Click on Head Lice below for more information.
Remember to wash your hands and wash them often!
If you have the flu, stay home, follow your doctor's recommendations, and prevent the spread of the flu. If you don't have the flu, it's not too late to get a flu shot! Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine.
The Health Department still has flu vaccines available this year. Cost for vaccines are $10 for children, $25 for adults. Medicare part B and HMO plans, Medicaid and Medicaid HMOs, cash personal checks and credit cards accepted. No one will be turned away for inability to pay.