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Immunization Requirements

Pennsylvania Department of Health - Vaccination Requirements

Proof of the following immunizations shall be required as a condition of admission for all children entering school for the first time in kindergarten or first grade and those enrolling from another school.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health re- quires all school students to have the following immunizations prior to entering Kindergarten or 1st grade:

4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday) (usually given as DTP or DTaP)

4 doses of polio (4th dose on or after 4th birth- day and at least 6 months after previous dose is given) 

2 doses of measles, mumps, rubella (usually given as MMR)

3 doses of hepatitis B

2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity

Additionally, for attendance in 7th grade:

1 additional dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis

1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)

Additionally, for attendance in 12th grade: 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV). If one dose was given at 16 years of age or older, that shall count as the 12th grade dose.

REQUIRED VACCINATIONS MUST BE OBTAINED BY THE 5TH DAY OF SCHOOL OR THE STUDENT RISKS EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL.

*These requirements allow for the following exemptions: medical reason (must have the signature of a medical professional), religious belief, or philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction. If one of these exemptions exist, the school nurse must have a letter stating the reason by the 5th day of school or the student risks exclusion. A medical reason re- quires a signature by a medical professional.)

Please provide the high school nurse with proof of any immunization updates your child has received from your Primary Care Physician.