STATE — Vaccination requirements for school age children are changing according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
The requirements for the 2017-18 school year for children entering kindergarten are as follows:
• 4 doses of tetanus (1 does, age 4)
• 4 does of diphtheria (1 does, age 4)
• 3 doses of polio
• 2 doses of measles
• 1 dose of rubella (German measles)
• 2 doses of mumps
• 3 doses of hepatitis B
• 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or history of disease
On the first day of school, unless the child has a medical or religious/philosophical exemption, the student must have had at least one dose of the above vaccinations or risk exclusion.
The Department of Health states 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 the next dose is not the final dose of the series, the student must also provide a medical plan (red and white card) within the first five day sof school for obtaining the required immunizations or risk exclusion.
If the child does not have all the doses listed and the next dose is not medically appropriate, the child must provide a medical plan within the first five days of school for obtaining the required immunizations or risk exclusion.
If the medical plan is not followed, the child risks exclusion.
To attend seventh grade, students must have the following vaccinations by the first day of school:
• 1 does of tetanus, diphtheria, acelluer pertussis (Tdap) if five years have passed since last tetanus immunzations
• 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)
Students attending 12th grade must have one dose of MCV on the first day of school.
If one dose was given at 16 years of age or older, that counts as the twelfth grade dose.
The vaccines are required for entrance, seventh 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 the child is exempt from immunizations, they may be excluded from school during an outbreak of vaccine preventable disease.
Pennsylvania's school immunization requirements can be found in 28 Pa.CODE CH.23 (School Immunization).
Contact your healthcare provider or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH for additional information.