The Pennsylvania Department of Health requires the following immunizations for all children entering school in Pennsylvania as of September 2011. Parents are required to provide written proof, signed by a physician, indicating that their child has received the following required immunizations. These immunizations must be completed and submitted to the school nurse before a child may attend school. Children who do not meet minimum requirements are not permitted to attend school until the immunizations have been completed.
The required immunizations are as follows:
- 4 doses of DPT, DtaP, Td, or DT (Diphtheria, Tetanus), properly spaced with the fourth dose given on or after the age of 4 years
- 3 doses of Polio vaccine: Oral Polio (OPV) or Salk Polio (IVP) vaccine
- 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine, properly spaced
- 2 doses of Measles vaccine (usually given as MMR), one on or after the 12th month of age, second dose given after the age of 4 years
- 2 doses of Mumps vaccine (usually given as MMR), or a signed statement from your physician stating that your child has had the disease
- 1 dose of Rubella vaccine (usually given as MMR), or a blood test showing immunity
- 2 doses of Varicella vaccine (chicken pox), or signed physician statement showing your child had the disease. Varicella immunization is one dose for children aged 1-12, or 2 doses for children aged 13 and above (spaced at least 1 month apart)
**All incoming 7th grade Students, as of September 2011, are required to have:
- 1 dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis), if 5 years has elaped since their last tetanus immunization
- 1 dose (meningococcal conjugate vaccine) of MCV.
Please check with your health care provider to obtain documentation of your child's immunization. Your child's immunization documentation must be received by the School Nurse by the start of the school year.
If you have any questions, please call your building School Nurse.