Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)
During May, Prince William County elementary schools will send home a letter from the Virginia Department of Health providing information on human papillomavirus (HPV) and the human papillomavirus vaccine. State law requires this information be provided to parents of rising sixth-grade students. The letter from Dr. Marissa J. Levine, state health commissioner, is written in English and Spanish and includes answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Two doses of vaccine are required if the first dose is given before 15 years of age; three doses are required if the first dose is given later. Unlike other required vaccines, after reviewing materials provided by the Virginia Department of Health, the parent or guardian may elect for the child not to receive the HPV vaccine.
Shots may be obtained from a doctor, military clinics, or the Prince William Health District. Contact information for the Prince William County Health District is 9301 Lee Avenue, Manassas, 703.792.6301, and 4001 Prince William Parkway, Suite 101, Woodbridge, 703.792.7300.
Parents should review their child’s shot record and contact their child’s doctor or local health district if they have questions. Parents may also contact Tira Hanrahan, Division of Immunization, Virginia Department of Health, at 804.864.8055, or [email protected]; or the School Consultant, Virginia Department of Education, at 804.786.5703.
A complete list of all immunizations required for school entry is available in “School & Day Care Minimum Immunization Requirements” from the Virginia Department of Health.