PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS
Updated May 2017
Children in all grades K-12 need the following immunizations upon enrollment, PRIOR to the student's first day of attendance:
- 4 doses of tetanus (usually given as DTP) one dose given after 4th birthday
- 4 doses of diphtheria (usually given as DTP) one dose given after 4th birthday
- 4 doses of polio (4th dose must be given on/after 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previously given dose)
- 2 doses of measles (usually given as MMR)
- 2 doses of mumps (usually given as MMR)
- 1 dose of rubella (German measles, usually given as MMR)
- 3 doses of hepatitis B
- 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox or evidence of immunity)
7th Grade Additional Requirements needed PRIOR to the first day of school:
- 1 dose meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)
- 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) if 5 years has lapsed since last dose of tetanus immunization
12th Grade Requirements needed PRIOR to the first day of school:
- 1 dose meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV) that has been given after the age of 16 years.
The only exemptions to the school laws for immunizations are:
- Medical reasons
- Religious beliefs
- Philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction
If your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be removed from school during an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease.
Pennsylvania school immunization requirements can be found on the PA Department of Health website under the 28PA Code Ch. 23 school immunizations or at www.cdc.gov/vaccines or by contacting Erie County Department of Health at 814-451-6700.