Immunization Changes for 2017-18
Parents, please note: The Department of Health is changing school immunization regulations beginning in August 2017. The regulations are intended to ensure that children attending school in Pennsylvania are adequately protected against potential outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases. Many students already have the required vaccines, but documentation was not required and may not have been provided to the school nurses.
Changes for the 2017-2018 school year include:
- (4th) Fourth Polio vaccine for all grades to enter school in the fall. WSD nurses will be contacting individual students who are missing this vaccine.
- All (6th) sixth graders will need Menactra #1 and the Tdap booster to enter 7th grade.
- All (11th) eleventh graders will need Menactra #2 to enter (12th) twelfth grade.
The Pennsylvania School Immunization Law requires the following minimum immunizations for all students on the first day of school:
- (4) Four or more doses of diphtheria and tetanus vaccine, with one dose administered on or after the fourth birthday.
- (4) Four or more doses of polio vaccine, with one dose administered on or after the fourth birthday.
- (2) Two doses of measles. mumps and rubella, preferably given as an MMR, with the first dose administered at 12 months of age or older and the second dose administered at least 30 days after the first dose.
- (3) Three properly spaced doses of hepatitis B vaccine, with a minimum of 28 days between the first and second doses, and the third dose separated by at least 4 months after the first dose and at least two months after the second dose. The third dose must be given after 24 weeks of age.
For all students for attendance starting the first day of 7th grade:
- (2) Two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, administered at 12 months of age or older; OR a written statement from the parent, guardian, or health care provider noting the age of the child when he/she had the chickenpox disease.
For all students for attendance on the first day of 12th grade:
- (1) One dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine
- (1) One dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV) (administered after age 10).
- (1) One dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV). If one dose was given at 16 years of age or older, that shall count as the twelfth grade dose.
Proof of immunization is required for all students. The only exemptions to the school laws for immunization are for medical reasons documented by your medical doctor and for religious/philosophical beliefs.
Proof of immunization means a written verifiable record showing the dates (month, day, year) your child was immunized. Parents are encouraged to provide to the school, the dates of all immunization boosters that the student receives during his/her school years.