Parents will have a much shorter time to provide proof of immunization due to these new regulations. Previously, families had 8 months to provide proof of immunization to the school. The regulations require most proof of immunization to be provided on or before the first day of school or risk their child’s exclusion from school. The goal is to ensure that children in school are adequately protected from preventable diseases.
Children in ALL grades (K-12) need the following immunizations for attendance:
- 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis
- 4 doses of polio (4th dose on or after 4th birthday AND at least 6 months after previous dose
- 2 doses of measles, mumps, rubella
- 3 doses of hepatitis B
- 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity
7th grade ADDITIONAL requirements:
- 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap)
- 1 dose meningococcal vaccine (MCV)
12th grade ADDITIONAL requirements:
- 2nd dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV) If the first dose was given at 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required.
Exemptions to school law for immunizations:
- Medical reasons
- Religious beliefs
- Philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction
If a child is exempt, he or she may be removed from school during an outbreak/health emergency
Additional information regarding immunization requirements may be found by visiting the PA Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov.