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NEW Immunization Requirements

Children in ALL Grades (K-12) need the following immunizations for attendance:

  • 4 doses of Tetanus, Diphtheria and Acellular Pertussis* (1 dose on or after 4th birthday)
  • 4 doses of Polio** (4th dose on or after 4tH birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose)
  • 2 doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella***
  • 3 doses of Hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of Varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity

* Usually given as DTP or DTaP or if medically advisable, DT or Td

**A fourth dose is not necessary if the third dose was administered at age 4 years or older and at least 6 months after the previous dose

* ** Usually given as MMR

Seventh through 12th Grade ADDITIONAL immunization requirements for attendance:

  • 2 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)

Exemptions to the school laws for immunizations:

  • Medical reasons
  • Religious beliefs
  • Philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction

If your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be removed from school during an outbreak.

VACCINE SAFETY

  • Vaccines are held to the highest standard of safety.
  • The United States has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in history.
  • Vaccines are continually monitored for safety and effectiveness.

Pennsylvania’s school immunization requirements can be found in:

  • 28 PA Code Ch.23 (School Immunization)

Contact your health care provider or the Pennsylvania Department of Health at:

  • 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)

Vaccine information can be found at: www.dontwaitvaccinate.pa.gov