New Pennsylvania Immunization Requirements Go Into Effect August 1, 2017
Beginning August 1, 2017, parents will have a significantly shorter time frame to provide proof of vaccination, due to changes in school immunization regulations by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Previously, families may have had up to 8 months to provide proof of immunization. The new regulations require families to provide proof of immunization on or before the first day of school or risk their child’s exclusion. The new regulations are intended to ensure that children attending school are adequately protected against potential outbreaks of preventable diseases.
Additional immunization requirements for attendance for children in 7th and 12th grades:
One (1) dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap)
Children in ALL grades (K-12) need the following vaccines:
*Usually given as DTaP, DTP, DT, Td. Pertussis for all grade levels is new.
**4th dose not necessary if 3rd dose administered at age 4 or older, and at least 6 months after previous dose.
**Usually given as MMR
Exemptions to school law for immunization:
If a child is exempt, he or she may be removed from school during an outbreak/health emergency.
For additional information on Pennsylvania’s school immunization requirements, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov or contact your child’s school nurse.