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Vaccinations before admission to school: Do you know the current rules?

The September arrival of children in kindergartens and other pre-school facilities is coming. This is also the subject of mandatory vaccination. Parents in this area sometimes feel, so we have valid policies for the upcoming school year.

The opinion issued by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education describes the rules for admission of children to kindergartens from September 1, 2017. The summary of the rules issued by these ministries so that all authorities and nursery schools can proceed uniformly. The rules are based on Act No. 258/2000 Coll., On the Protection of Public Health.

When is vaccination mandatory and when not?

Regular vaccinations according to the current vaccination schedule are compulsory for children who are not required to undertake pre-primary education under the Education Act prior to admission to kindergarten. An exception is children of this age category who have evidence that they are immune to the infection or have permanent contraindications for vaccination (ie they can not be vaccinated for health reasons). These individuals can attend the nursery without compulsory vaccination.

Vaccination according to the vaccination calendar is not compulsory for admission to kindergarten for children reaching 5 years of age before September 1, 2017, and must therefore be enrolled in compulsory pre-school education from the following school year. Children aged 5+ can therefore be admitted to kindergarten from September without full compulsory vaccination.

Important innovation

The above-mentioned compulsory pre-school education is a novelty in our country since the beginning of this year. It is laid down by the Education Act and the purpose of this rule is to prepare children for entry into elementary school. Compulsory pre-school education can also take place in an individual form, but it has its own rules.

Protection for all

The more children go to kindergartens with complete prescribed vaccinations, the more they support so-called collective immunity. For this form of immunity, it is just as high as possible that it helps to reduce the incidence of infectious diseases in the population. Collective immunity can lead to the eradication of these agents and is very important for children who can not be vaccinated, for example, for health reasons.

Source: Očkovací kalendář.cz

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