The Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education have revised the Maine School Immunization Requirements rule to now include meningococcal meningitis disease. These changes further align Maine’s immunization rules with current national recommendations to better protect the health of all Maine people. Meningococcal disease is a rare, but dangerous disease that strikes healthy young people without warning. It can affect all ages, but teens and young adults are at highest risk of getting the disease.

The following changes are effective for the 2018-2019 school year for all students attending a public or private school in the State of Maine:

  • One dose of meningococcal vaccine MCV4 (serogroups A, C, W, and Y) is required for all students entering 7th grade.

  • Two doses of meningococcal vaccine MCV4 are required for students entering 12th grade, with a minimum interval of 8 weeks between dose one and dose two. If the first dose of meningococcal vaccine was administered on or after the 16th birthday, a second dose is not required.

We are providing you with this information now so that you have ample time to schedule an appointment prior to the first day of the 2018-2019 school year.

Attached please find the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on this new school immunization requirement. We are also providing a link to the State of Maine Immunization Requirements for School Children- Chapter Rule 126.

*Also note the Tdap immunization requirement for all incoming 7th graders that was effective for this current school year.

Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap): Effective for the start of school year 2017, one dose of Tdap vaccine is required for children entering 7th grade.

Your child may already have these vaccines. Please send a current immunization record to school to ensure that we have the most recent documentation.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your school nurse.

For further questions, please contact the Maine Immunization Program at (207) 287-3746 or (800) 867-4775 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New MCV4 FAQ Sheet
State of Maine Immunization Requirements for School Children- Maine DOE Rule Chapter 126

Pond Cove
Erin Taylor, RN
12 Scott Dyer Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
(207) 799-7339 x3113
Fax: (207) 799-8171
Middle School
Jill Young, RN
14 Scott Dyer Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
(207) 799-8176 x5145
Fax: (207) 767-0832
High School
Deborah Braxton, RN
345 Ocean House Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
(207) 799-3309 x4420
Fax: (207) 767-8050
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