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The State Department of Health has implemented new rules which limit access to the Wyoming Immunization Registry (WyIR). The published notice states that “To ensure the Wyoming Department of Health is aligning with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Omnibus Rule, Wyoming School Nurses must obtain parent/guardian agreement before accessing a student’s immunization record within the Wyoming Immunization Registry (WyIR). No student record shall be accessed in the WyIR by a School Nurse…..”As a result school nurses will no longer be able to retrieve records from the WyIR in order to update school immunization records. Parents/guardians will be solely responsible for providing a current up-to-date copy of all immunization records to the school.
As a reminder all kindergarten students, 7th grade students and students new to the school district must have current records on file within 30 days of the first day of school or within 30 days of the date of enrollment. The exclusion date for the 2014-2015 school year will be Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. This means that students cannot come to school the morning of Oct. 2, 2014 without proof of immunizations.
Please remember that immunization records are important legal documents that all parents/guardians should have in their possession. If you do not have a copy of your student’s record handy, it might be a good idea to get that information now! Remember to ask your primary care provider for an updated copy of the immunization record each and every time your student receives a shot. If you have questions or need further clarification please do not hesitate to contact your school nurse.