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 ( 1 dose on or after 4th birthday)

  • 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella

  • 3 doses of hepatitis B

  • 2 doses of varicella(chickenpox) or evidence of immunity

Seventh through 12th grade have ADDITIONAL immunization requirements for attendance:

  • 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap)

  • 2 doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)

First dose MCV is given 11-15 years of age, a second dose MCV is required at age 16 or entry into 12th grade. If the first dose was given at age 16 or older, only one dose is required.

Exemptions to the school laws for immunizations are: medical reasons, religious beliefs and philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction. If your child is exempt from immunizations, he/she may be removed from school during an outbreak.

For more information, contact your health care provider ot the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH