• Immunization Requirements for  Schoolchildren

    Please note changes for the 2017-18 school year, per the Department of Health:
    ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, unless the child has a medical or religious/philosophical exemption, a child must have had at least one dose of the above vaccinations or risk exclusion.
    • If a child does not have all the doses, needs additional doses, and the next dose is medically appropriate, the child must receive that dose within the first five days of school or risk exclusion. If the next dose is not the final dose of the series, the child must also provide a medical plan (red and white card) within the first five days of school for obtaining the required immunizations or risk exclusion.
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    Children in ALL grades (K-12) need the following vaccines:
    • 4 doses of tetanus*(1 dose on or after 4th birthday)
    • 4 doses of diphtheria* (1 dose on or after 4th birthday)
    • 4 doses of polio (for 2017-18:  4th dose on or after 4th birthday and at least 6 months after 3rd dose)
    • 2 doses of measles**
    • 2 doses of mumps**
    • 1 dose of rubella (German measles) **
    • 3 doses of hepatitis B
    • 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity         
                   *Usually given as DTP or DT or Td
                 **Usually given as MMR

     7th Grade ADDITIONAL immunization requirements for entry: 

    • 1 dose meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)
    • 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis(Tdap)  

             [if five years have elapsed since last tetanus immunization]

    The only exemptions to the school laws for immunizations are:  medical reasons; religious beliefs, or
    philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction.
    If your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be removed from school during an outbreak.
    Other recommended vaccination for pre-teens and teens:
         Human Pappilomavirus (HPV) :  Information , CDC Website Link , HPV Fact Sheet