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Back to School Immunization Reminder

Did you know: Students who don’t have all required immunizations for the coming school year will have just five days to begin them or risk exclusion from school?

That’s one of the key components of the 2017-2018 school immunization requirements published by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Now is the time to make sure your child is ready for the first day of classes.

According to the requirements, all children grades K-12 must receive (or have already received):

  • 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (DTaP, DTP, DT or Td)
  • 4 doses of polio
  • 2 doses of measles, mumps and rubella
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity

Additional requirements apply to grades 7-12:

  • 2 doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (first dose 11 to 15 years, second dose age 16)
  • 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap)

All children must have at least one dose of the above vaccinations or risk exclusion from school. Unlike previous years, there is no “provisional period” for children to be admitted to school. Children must have at least one dose of a multidose vaccine at school entry or a single dose of a one-time vaccine.

If your child is behind on immunizations, you will need a medical certificate stating the schedule for any remaining doses. Your child can attend school while waiting for the next immunization.

For more information about the immunization requirements in Pennsylvania visit: dontwaitvaccinate.pa.gov.

Should you need a pediatrician or family medicine provider, visit LVHN’s Find a Doctor page to fine a provider in your area.