Reminder: New Immunization Requirement for 7th and 12th grade


The Iowa Department of Public Health has made changes to the Iowa Immunization law in the last year.  

This change requires that all students entering the seventh and 12th grades have a Meningococcal vaccine, and seventh-graders also have a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis/whooping cough) booster before school starts this fall.

Meningococcal disease is a life-threatening illness that is caused by bacteria that infects the brain, blood and spinal cord.  It easily spreads in crowded settings.  Meningococcal is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis in teens.

All students entering seventh and 12th grades must have proof of having the aforementioned vaccines before school starts in August. If the student has a Certificate of Immunization Exemption, it must be updated with the vaccines that are being exempt.  There will be no grace/extension period for the implementation of this requirement.  

If you have questions about the new immunization requirements or the student informational meeting, please do not hesitate to contact Beth Broderick, School Nurse at 563-583-9771 ext. 238, or your family doctor.  

Updated immunization records may be faxed to 563-583-3885. Thank you for your time and attention to this requirement.


  • Click here for a flowchart that outlines the new vaccination requirements.
  • Click here to visit the Iowa Department of Public Health website for more information about Iowa Immunization Requirements.

Contact Us

Beth Broderick
Holy Family Catholic Schools Nurse
(563) 583-9771, Ext. 238

Holy Family Catholic Schools

2005 Kane St., Dubuque IA 52001
(563) 582-5456