Immunizations

Pennsylvania School Immunization Requirements as of January 2016

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

  • 4 doses of tetanus * (1 dose on or after 4th birthday)

  • 4 doses of diphtheria * (1 dose on or after 4th birthday)

  • 3 doses of polio

  • 2 doses of measles **

  • 2 dose of mumps **

  • 1 dose of rubella (German measles) **

  • 3 doses of hepatitis B

  • 2 doses varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or history of disease

* Usually given as DTP or DTaP or DT or Td

** Usually given as MMR

Children ENTERING 7th GRADE need the following:

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

  • 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine

Exemptions

The only exemptions to the school laws for immunizations are:

  • medical reasons

  • religious beliefs

If your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be removed from school during an outbreak.