Immunization

  • Children in ALL grades (K-12) need the following:

    • 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis* (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
    • 4 doses of polio (4th dose on or after 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given)**
    • 2 doses of measles, mumps, rubella***
    • 3 doses of hepatitis B
    • 2 doses 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

     

    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 listed above, needs additional doses, and the next dose is medically appropriate, the child must receive the 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 exclusions. 
    • If a child does not have all the doses listed above, needs additional doses, and the next dose is not medically appropriate, the child must provide a medical plan (red and white card) within the first five days of school for obtaining the required immunizations or risk exclusion. 
    • The medical plan must be followed or risk exclusion.   

     

    For attendance in 7th grade:

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

    These are needed by the first day of 7th grade, unless the child has a medical or religious/philosophical exemption, a child must have had the above vaccines or risk exclusion. 

     

    For attendance in 12th grade:

    • 1 dose of MCV on the first day of 12th grade. If one dose was given at 16 years of age or older, that shall count as the twelfth grade dose. 

    These are needed by the first day of 12th grade, unless the child has a medical or religious/philosophical exemption, a child must have had the above vaccines or risk exclusion. 

    The vaccines required for entrance, 7th grade and 12th grade continue to be required in each succeeding school year. 

    These requirements allow for the following exemptions: medical reason, religious belief, 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.