Immunization Policy


Immunization Policy

Parents send their children to camp assuming they will have many fun, positive social interactions, and learn from our rich Jewish environment. They also expect that Camp provides a safe and healthy environment. We want you to know that Camp takes the health and safety of your child very seriously and as such, has adopted the following policy: all members of our community must be adequately immunized against all preventable diseases, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. While parents may choose to defer the vaccination of their children, for the Schechter community this is not option. The routine vaccination of all children, staff and faculty is an important public health matter, especially in the confined environment of a residential summer camp with round-the-clock communal living and some vulnerable populations present.

Why do we require immunization?

As you may know, measles and pertussis outbreaks are becoming increasingly common wherever there are under-immunized populations. This year, we once again saw outbreaks of measles in Washington State and around the country. Some believe that “herd” immunity will protect their unvaccinated children. Herd immunity is important to protect those who cannot, for life threatening medical reason, receive immunizations. However, given the increasing numbers of unvaccinated children, herd immunity is becoming ineffective. Given the overriding Jewish value that puts a premium on maintaining health, including taking preventive measures, along with the clear public health based need to protect the camp community as a whole, we require all children and all staff and their families who attend Camp Solomon Schechter to be immunized in the manner below:

Required For children up to the age of 11:

  • DTaP/DT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus) – 5 doses
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) Vaccine – 2 doses
  • MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) – 2 doses
  • IPV (Polio) – dose dependent on age received at least 3 or 4 doses
  • Hepatitis A – 2 doses strongly recommended, though not required for camp attendance
  • Hepatitis B – 3 doses strongly recommended, though not required for camp attendance

For children 11 and older (completion of the above series, PLUS):

  • Meningococcal conjugate (MCV4) – given between ages 11-12, booster dose at age 16
  • Tdap (Pertussis, Diphtheria, Tetanus) – 1 dose between ages 11–12 is highly recommended
  • Influenza – strongly recommended annually, not required during summer

Exceptions to the immunization policy will only be granted where the camper’s health care practitioner determines that a medical exemption is necessary to maintain the camper’s health. Medical exceptions are subject to the review and acceptance of the CSS medical committee, and may require the submission of lab results and/or medical records, which will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Please check your child’s vaccination record or medical record to ensure that all of their vaccinations are up-to-date and accurately recorded in your campers CampMinder account. In addition, please consult with your child’s health-care provider regarding catch up scheduling of any missing vaccines. If your child has a medical contraindication to receiving their immunizations, please contact us directly.

The vaccination of all members of our community is essential in order to establish a safe camp environment for your child. We thank you for your understanding and are look forward to welcoming your child to camp this summer!

Happy Camping!

Zach Duitch

Executive Director


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