The state requires schools to provide information on meningococcal disease and reducing the risk of contracting human papillomavirus (HPV) to the parents and guardians of students entering grades 6-12.
Meningococcal disease is caused by bacteria in the nose and throat. These bacteria can cause meningococcal meningitis and can be fatal. Symptoms may include fever, chills, rash, headaches and a stiff neck. The disease is spread through direct contact with infected material including kissing, coughing, sneezing, or sharing eating or drinking utensils. Please talk to your children about good hygiene and not sharing personal items that may transmit the disease.
Vaccination can help protect against up to 83 percent of meningococcal disease cases and is recommended for children entering middle school and high school. Vaccination is not required for school attendance.
HPV is a common virus that is primarily spread through sexual contact. Up to 75 percent of infections occur among people age 15 through 24. Most people with HPV have no symptoms and may unknowingly spread it to others. The HPV vaccine can prevent infections from some of the most common and serious types of HPV.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that all girls age 11-12 years be vaccinated against HPV. Three doses are needed. Health care providers can offer the vaccine to males and give the vaccine upon request. This vaccine is not required for school attendance.
View our full HPV/Meningococcal notice.
Additional information is available online through the Washington State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Social Health Association and the American Cancer Society.