In other news, I'm waiting for Laurel's last pediatrician's office to retrieve her records so they can fax over her shot record. For all the importance the base clinic placed on noting every shot Laurel had on her yellow card (International Certificate of Vaccination, PHS-731), the civilian pediatrician she saw in Colorado did not, so I have an incomplete shot record for her. This is important for two reasons: her shot record is required at school registration and it should be brought to the immunization clinic when we take her in for the few shots she needs to start school.
The school district's requirements:
- Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis: Five diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis containing vaccines for incoming kindergarteners, unless the fourth dose was given on or after the fourth birthday, in which case only four are required. Laurel's incomplete shot record shows four DTAP doses by 15 months, so she may have had a fifth dose by age 2 and not need it.
- Polio: Four doses of any combination of OPV and IPV, one of which must have been received on or after the fourth birthday unless four doses were received by four years of age. She had three IPV doses by 15 months, so again, she may already be covered.
- Measles/Mumps/Rubella: Two doses of measles vaccine and one each of rubella and mumps. Laurel had an MMR on her first birthday, so another dose of the measles vaccine would meet the requirements. A second MMR is routinely recommended between ages 4 and 6, so we might as well go with that.
- Haemophilus Influenzae Type B: One dose for students age 15 months to 4 years, unless a schedule for a primary series and a booster was met by 15 months; not required for students age 5 and older.
- Hepatitis B: The first sentence in the description says three doses are required for students through the 11th grade, the next one says three doses are required for students in 7th-11th grade, and the final one says that it's not required for 6th grade students this year. Either way, Laurel is squared away on it with doses at birth, 2 months and 15 months.
- Chickenpox: One dose for all students through 11th grade, two if the first dose was given after age 13, or written validation from the parent or physician with the approximate date the student had the illness. Laurel had her dose at 12 months.
I feel mildly guilty about taking her to a free/low-cost immunization clinic, but if Himself or anyone on his side of her family has a problem with it, they're welcome to help with the out-of-pocket cost if I took her to a pediatrician. I'm focused on getting her squared away to start school, so the school district's immunization fair this weekend is well worth heading out to early on a Saturday morning to help her.
Edit 1615: I called the pediatrician's office again after lunch with Vogon's office fax number after his suggestion that it could get to me faster. (The fax number I gave when I first called goes to our local mailing/shipping store.) The lady I talked to this afternoon, Jeanette, sounded less rushed and irritated than the one I talked to in the morning and said she'd call again before sending the fax. She called back a few minutes ago to tell me that they couldn't get the fax to send to Vogon's number, but shot records don't require a signed release form so she could send them right over. The shipping store closes at 1800, so I'll call over there to confirm it's arrived and either walk over to pick it up myself (it's about a block away) or have Vogon pick it up on his way home. Whew.