The following immunizations must be completed before your child can be admitted to school. Medical or religious exceptions to this requirement can be explained by the school nurse.
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, and acellular pertussis: Four doses (1 dose on or after 4th birthday)
- Polio: Four doses (4th dose on or after 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given)
- Rubella (German Measles), Measles, and Mumps: Two doses of vaccine, the first at twelve months of age or older.
- Hepatitis B: Three properly spaced doses of vaccine for elementary students and grade 7. Seventh graders were added to the mandate in 2002-03.
- Varicella (Chicken Pox) Immunity: Two doses of the vaccine, history of the disease, documentation of laboratory testing.
Children attending 7th grade require the following:
- Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap): One adult dose
- Meningococcal: One dose
- On 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.
*Note: The vaccines required for entrance, 7th grade continue to be required in each succeeding school year.
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 class.
- On 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.
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 that 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 exclusion.
Please visit the PA Immunizations Requirements Website for more information.