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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. 2016-2017 Immunization Requirements

Exclusion from School

When a child is enrolled in Portage Township Schools, the parent/guardian are given 20 days to provide record that their child has been immunized or file a current religious or medical objection on file.

Medical or Religious Objections

Medical/ Religious objections to immunizations must be signed by a 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. A philosophical objection is not allowed in Indiana. Immunization Waiver Form

Immunization Sites

Immunization locations: 
Your local physician or pediatrician
Porter County Department of Health Immunization Clinic (219) 759-8239 
NorthShore Health Centers (219) 763-8112.

Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Take a copy of your child's immunization records

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. 

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