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 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 dose of Mumps**
1 dose of Rubella (German Measles)**
3 doses of hepatitis B
2 dose of Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine or history of the disease
Children ENTERING 7TH GRADE need the following vaccines:
1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) (if 5 years has elaspsed since last tetanus immunization)
1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)
These requirements allow for medical reasons and religious beliefs.
If your child is exempt from immunizations,
He/she may be removed from school during an outbreak.
*Usually given as DTP or DTaP or DT or Td
**Usually given as MMR
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.