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PA School Immunization Requirements

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

3 doses of tetanus*
3 doses of diphtheria*
3 doses of polio
2 doses of measles**
1 dose of mumps**
1 dose of rubella (German measles)**

Children ENTERING SCHOOL (at K or Grade 1) need the following vaccines:

4 doses of tetanus* (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
4 doses of diphtheria* (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
3 doses of polio
2 doses of measles**
1 dose of mumps**
1 dose of rubella (German measles)**
3 doses of hepatitis B
1 dose of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or history of disease

Children ENTERING 7TH GRADE need the following vaccines:

3 doses of tetanus*
3 doses of diphtheria*
3 doses of polio
2 doses of measles**
1 dose of mumps**
1 dose of rubella (German measles)**
3 doses of hepatitis B
Age appropriate dose(s) of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or history of disease

*Usually given as DTP or DTaP or DT or TD
** Usually given as MMR

Proof of immunization means a written record showing the dates (month, day, year) your child was immunized.

The only exceptions to the school laws for immunization are medical reasons and religious beliefs.  If your child is exempt from immunizations, your child may be removed from school during a disease outbreak.

Keep a record of your child’s immunizations.  Keep this record in a safe place.  Your doctor’s office, medical clinic, or hospital may ask for this record.  As your children become adults, they may need the record for college, for their job or if they travel out of the country.

Last Modified on October 16, 2008