Immunization Requirements


     Immunization Requirements 


    Children in All grades (K-12) need the following Immunizations for attendance:

    -         4 doses of tetanus* (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)

    -         4 doses of diphtheria* (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)

    -         4 doses of polio * (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday and 6 months after the previous 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 DTap or DT or Td


    ** Usually given as MMR



    ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, unless a child has a medical or religious/philosophical exemption, a child must have at least one dose of the above vaccinations or they cannot begin school.  If a child is missing medically appropriate next immunizations in a series they must be received within the first five days of school or risk exclusion.


    7th  through 12th Grade ADDITIONAL immunization requirements for entry:

    -         doses meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)


      •  First dose is given 11-15 years of age; a second dose is required at age 16 or entry into 12th grade.
      • If the dose was given at 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required.


    -         1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) (if five years have elapsed since last tetanus immunization)

    ON THE FIRST DAY OF 7TH GRADE, unless the child has had 1 dose of Tdap and 1 dose of MCV they cannot begin school.


    ON THE FIRST DAY OF 12TH GRADE, 1 dose of MCV after the age of 16(only one is needed if it was received after age 16). 


    Exemptions to the school immunizations are:


    • medical reasons
    • religious beliefs
    • philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction
    If your child is exempt from immunizations, he/she may be removed from school during an outbreak.

    Parents: Please check with your child's pediatrician to make certain that your child has obtained
    all of the required immunizations before the start of the school year as school districts
    are not permitted to admit any student who has not met the above requirements.
    Parents may
    still submit a religious, medical, or philosophical exemption from all immunization requirements.

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