Health Services

The Pennsylvania Department of Health requires students to receive certain vaccines in order to attend Pennsylvania schools. The regulations aim to ensure that children are adequately protected against potential outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases.

For attendance in all grades, children need the following:

  • Four (4) doses of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
  • Four (4) doses of Polio (fourth dose on or after 4th birthday and at least six months after previous dose given)
  • Three (3) doses of Hepatitis B
  • Two (2) doses of MMR
  • Two (2) doses of Varicella

Additionally, for attendance in 7th grade:

  • One (1) dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) on the first day of 7th grade
  • One (1) dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV) on the first day of 7th grade

For attendance in 12th grade:

  • One (1) dose of MCV on the first day of 12th If one dose was given at 16 years of age or older, that dose counts as the 12th grade dose.

On the first day of school, unless the child has a medial or religious/philosophical exemption, a child must have at least one dose of the above vaccinations or risk exclusion.

  • 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 child must also provide a medical plan within the first five (5) days of school for obtaining the required immunizations or risk exclusion.
  • If a child does not have all the doses listed above, needs additional doses, and the next dose is not medically appropriate, the child must provide a medical plan within the first five (5) days of school for obtaining the required immunizations or risk exclusion.

The medical plan must be followed or risk exclusion.