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Vaccination Requirements for Attendance in Pennsylvania Schools

Pennsylvania's school immunization requirements can be found in 28 Pa.CODE CH23 (School Immunization).  Contact your healthcare provider or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH for more information.

Requirements for Attendance in All Grades

 

  • 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 mo. after previous dose given)**
  • 2 does of measles, mumps, rubella***
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) of evidence of immunity

* Usually given as DTP or DTaP or if medically advisable, DT or Td
**A fourth dose is not necessary if the third dose was administered at age 4 years or older and at least 6 months after the previous dose
*** Usually given as MMR


On the First Day of School, unless the child has a medical or religious/philosophical exemption, a child must have had at least one dose of the above vaccinations 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 a child does not have all the doses listed above, needs additional doses and the nest 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.

 

For Attendance in 7th Grade

  • 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) on the first day of 7th grade.
  • 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV) on the first day of 7th grade.

 

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.



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 dose.

 

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.


The vaccinations required for entrance, 7th grade and 12th grade continue to be required in each succeeding school year.

These requirements allow for the following exemptions: medical reason, religious belief, or philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction.  Even if your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be excluded from school during an outbreak of vaccine preventable disease.

 

 

 

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