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 Health and Wellness News - Don't Wait, Vaccinate!!!
Dear Parent or Guardian:
Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective ways to prevent disease. When you immunize your children, you not only help to protect your family and friends, you also help keep your entire community safe from certain preventable diseases. Help your children stay healthy by making sure they are immunized before the start of the next school year. Currently, in order to attend Pennsylvania schools, students must be immunized according to the following schedule:


Students Entering Kindergarten through 12th Grade are Required to have:

Students Entering Seventh Grade are Required to have:


· 4 doses of tetanus* (1 dose after age   4)

· 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap)     if five years have passed since last tetanus immunization

· 4 doses of diphtheria* (1 dose after      age 4)

· 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)

· 3 doses of polio


· 2 doses of measles**


· 2 doses of mumps**


· 1 dose of rubella (German             measles)**


· 3 doses of hepatitis B and


· 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or history of disease.

  *Usually given as DTP or DTaP or DT or Td

**Usually given as MMR


Pennsylvania’s current immunization regulations allow students in kindergarten through 12th grade to be admitted to school provisionally for up to eight months in order to complete immunization requirements. However, Pennsylvania is proposing changes to these regulations to ensure a higher level of immunity and health for our school children. The eight month provisional period may be replaced with the following regulations:

  • A child who lacks a single dose of a single dose vaccine and/or the first dose of multiple dose vaccine will be EXCLUDED from school
  • A child who needs the next or final dose of a multiple dose vaccine will only be allowed a FIVE DAY provisional period to obtain the next or final dose in a series
  • A child who needs more than one dose of a multiple dose vaccine series beyond the five days may enter school provisionally upon the submission of a MEDICAL CERTIFICATE outlining the dates for additional vaccinations. These dates will be checked every 30 days for compliance with appointment dates.
  • Children will need a second dose of the meningococcal vaccine for entry into 12th grade if the child has not received a previous dose on or after the 16th birthday
  • Children will need  one dose of Tdap if 5 years has elapsed since the last dose of a vaccine containing tetanus and diphtheria


If your child does not have any insurance coverage or if your insurance does not cover back-to-school immunizations, required vaccines are available for little or no cost at the state health centers or local health departments by calling 1-877-724-3258. You can also call your child’s health care provider, school nurse, or visit for more information regarding immunizations required for school-aged children in Pennsylvania and the proposed changes in requirements outlined above.