Pennsylvania Immunization Requirements
For students in all grades:
- 4 doses of tetanus* (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
- 4 doses of diphtheria* (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
- 3 doses of polio
- 2 doses of measles**
- 2 doses of mumps**
- 1 dose of rubella (German measles)**
- 3 doses of hepatitis B
- 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or history of disease
*Usually given as DTP or DTaP or DT or Td
**Usually given as MMR
For students entering 7th grade:
- 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) if 5 years has elapsed since last tetanus immunization.
- 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)
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, it may be recommended that he/she be excluded from school.
- 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.