The NJ Dept. of Health and Senior Services requires all students born after January 1, 1997 and entering the sixth grade and new transfer students (6th, 7th, and 8th) from out of state to receive and show proof of one booster dose of tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis (Tdap) and 1 dose of meningococcal vaccine. This requirement will need to be met for the first day of school or you child will not be permitted to start school.When your child has any updated immunizations please send the documentation from the physician so your child's health record can be updated.All transfer students must present their immunization records at the time of registration. Physical exams within the past year are also required within 30 days of the child starting school in Plumsted Township. If your child has yet to have the physical exam it is best to have the physician complete it on the state Sports Physical form which can be printed from the "Sports Program page" on my site or may be obtained from the Middle School Main Office. If your child decides to go out for sports some physicians are charging an extra fee to complete the physical form if the it is not completed at the time of the exam.If you do not have a physician you may call Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI) at 732-363-6655 or 732-552-0377 which is located at 301 Lakehurst Rd., Toms River or at 101 2nd Street, Lakewood; or you may call the Center for Health Education Medicine and Dentistry (CHEMED) at 732-364-2144 located at 1771 Madison Avenue, Lakewood. The Ocean County Health Department is no longer giving physical exams or immunizations (732-341-9000) , although they do have other clinics. Please contact one of the above agencies to make an appointment. You must bring your child's current immunization record with you.New Jersey has made a commitment in providing universal health insurance to children. One way to insure your family, is through New Jersey FamilyCare. New Jersey FamilyCare can provide free or low cost health insuranc efor children and their parents. Please call 1-800-701-0710, visit their website at www.njfamilycare.org .The Centers for Disease Control are encouraging everyone to receive a flu vaccine. There is no shortage of the vaccine. Resources can be found on the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/freesources or the calling the Ocean County Health Department at 732-341-9700.