For several decades, recognition of the link between health and education has steadily increased, with greater understanding that a child must be healthy to learn and a child must learn to be healthy. There is also greater recognition that school health service programs are in a unique position to improve child health status, resilience and well-being, provide care essential to the student’s school attendance, and identify and refer students with certain health risks and conditions. These activities ultimately support the student’s ability to learn and contribute to both the school and community state of health.
FOR ATTENDANCE IN ALL GRADES children need to have the following vaccines:
4 doses of DTaP (Diptheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis) fourth dose on or after 4th birthday
4 doses of Polio fourth dose on or after 4th birthday
2 doses MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
3 doses of Hepatitis B
2 dose of Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine or history of the disease
Children ENTERING 7TH GRADE need the following additional vaccines:
TDaP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis)
1st dose of MCV (Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine)
Children ENTERING 12TH GRADE need the following additional vaccine:
2nd dose of MCV (Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine)
These requirements permit for medical, religious, or moral exemptions. If you would like your child to be exempt from required immunizations, please contact the nurse's office for an exemption form to be filled out and kept in your child's health record.
Pennsylvania's school immunization requirements can be found in 28 PA.CODE CH.23 (School Immunization)
Contact your health care provider or 1-877-PA HEALTH for more information.