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Attention Parents: PA changes immunization requirements for 2017-2018 school year

The Department of Health is changing the school immunization regulations beginning August 2017.

The regulations are intended to ensure that children attending school in the commonwealth are adequately protected against potential outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases.

Here are the new PA school immunization requirements for the start of the 2017-2018 school year:

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 (4th dose on or after 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given)
  • 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 ADDITIONAL immunization requirements for attendance:
  • 2 doses meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)
    • First dose is given 11 - 15 years of age: a second dose is required at age 16 or entry into the 12th grade.
    • If the dose was given at 16 years of age or older only one dose is required.
  • 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap)
* Usually given as DTaP or DTP or DT or Td
** Usually given as MMR

Please Don't Wait, Vaccinate.

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