Pennsylvania Immunization Requirements
for 2017-2018 School Year
For students in ALL grades:
- 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis* (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
- 4 doses of polio (4th dose on or after 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given)
- 2 doses of measles, mumps, rubella (German measles)**
- 3 doses of hepatitis B
- 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or evidence of immunity
*Usually given as DTP or DTaP or if medically advisable, DT or Td
**Usually given as MMR
For students entering 7th grade:
- 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap)
- 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)
For students entering 12th grade:
- 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)*** (in addition to 7th grade dose)
***If one dose was given at age 16 years or older, that will count as the 12th grade dose.
These requirements allow for the following exemptions: medical reason, religious belief and philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction. If your child is exempt from immunizations, he/she may be excluded from school during an outbreak of vaccine preventable disease.
- Vaccines are held to the highest standard of safety.
- The United States has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in history.
- Vaccines are continually monitored for safety and effectiveness.
Pennsylvania’s school immunization requirements can be found in 28 PA Code Ch.23 (School Immunization).
Contact your doctor or the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) if you have questions about vaccines or their safety.