School Immunization Requirements
The state of Pennsylvania requires ALL students to be immunized against certain diseases, a certain number of times, in a specific sequence.
Written proof of immunization by a licensed medical provider including month, day and year is needed to enter school.
The only exceptions to the school laws for immunization are medical reasons and religious beliefs. If a student is exempt from immunizations, he/she may be removed from school during a disease outbreak
Below are the required school immunizations:
Children in ALL grades (K-12) need the following vaccines:
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**
1 dose of mumps**
1 dose of rubella (German measles)**
3 doses of hepatitis B
2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or
history of disease
Children ENTERING 7TH GRADE need additional vaccines:
1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap)
(if 5 years has elapsed since last tetanus immunization)
1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)
*Usually given as DTP or DTaP or DT or TD
** Usually given as MMR
* 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 obtaining the required immunizations or risk exclusion
*If a child does not have all the doses listed above, needs additional doses, 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.