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   Immunization Regulations

Children at any grade, kindergarten through 12th, including all public schools, intermediate units, special education and home education programs must show proof of immunization before they can attend school in Pennsylvania. Proof of immunization must be on file at the school that each student attends. Proof of immunization means a written record showing the dates (month, day, year) your child was immunized.

  The following immunizations are required as a condition of attendance in all grades:

  •  Diphtheria. Four or more properly-spaced doses of diphtheria toxoid, which may be administered as a single antigen vaccine or in a combination form (DTP, DTaP, DT, Tdap or Td). The fourth dose shall be administered on or after the 4th birthday.
  • Tetanus. Four or more properly-spaced doses of tetanus toxoid, which may be administered as a single antigen vaccine or in a combination form. The fourth dose shall be administered on or after the 4th birthday.
  • Poliomyelitis. Three or more properly-spaced doses of either oral polio vaccine (OPV) or enhanced inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) which may be administered as a single antigen vaccine or in a combination form. (Students 18 years of age and older are exempted.)
  • Measles (rubeola). Two properly-spaced doses of live attenuated measles vaccine, the first dose administered at 12 months of age or older, or a history of measles immunity proved by laboratory testing by a laboratory with the appropriate certification. Each dose of measles vaccine may be administered as a single antigen vaccine or in a combination form (MMR).
  • Mumps. Two properly-spaced doses of live attenuated mumps vaccine, administered at 12 months of age or older or a physician diagnosis of mumps disease indicated by a written record signed by the physician or the physician’s designee. Each dose of mumps vaccine may be administered as a single antigen vaccine or in a combination form (MMR).
  • German measles (rubella). One dose of live attenuated rubella vaccine, administered at 12 months of age or older or a history of rubella immunity proved by laboratory testing by a laboratory with the appropriate certification. Rubella vaccine may be administered as a single antigen vaccine or in a combination form (MMR).
  • Hepatitis B. Three properly-spaced doses of hepatitis B vaccine, unless a child receives a vaccine as approved by the Food and Drug Administration for a two-dose regimen, or a history of hepatitis B immunity proved by laboratory testing. Hepatitis B vaccine may be administered as a single antigen vaccine or in a combination form.
  • Chickenpox (varicella). Two properly-spaced doses varicella vaccine (VAR), the first dose administered at 12 months of age or older OR evidence of immunity by either laboratory confirmation or written statement of a history from a parent, guardian or physician. Varicella vaccine may be administered as a single antigen vaccine or in a combination form.

In addition to the immunizations listed above, the following immunizations are required for students entering the SEVENTH GRADE:

 

  • Tetanus and diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap). One dose if at least five years have elapsed since the last dose of a vaccine containing tetanus and diphtheria. Tdap may be administered as a single antigen vaccine or in a combination form.
  • Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV). One dose of Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV), which may be administered as a single antigen vaccine or in a combination form.

If a blood test result is furnished in lieu of vaccination, the type of test and the titer should be recorded and signed by the health care provider.

 

 Exemptions

 The only exceptions to the school laws for immunization are medical reasons and religious beliefs.  A written statement specifying the reason for exemption signed by the parent/guardian and, in cases of medical exemption, the health care provider must be submitted to the school to be kept in the student’s health record.  If your child is exempt from immunizations, your child may be removed from school during a disease outbreak.

 If you are in need of any immunizations, and are unable to obtain the immunization from your health care provider, you may contact the Department of Health in Whitehall at 610-821-6770 for information and an appointment.

Information regarding state regulations regarding immunizations for the school age child can be found at: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=557995&mode=2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The East Penn School District is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, ancestry, disability, union membership or other legally protected classification. Announcement of the policy is in accordance with state and federal laws, including Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 and Americans with Disabilities Act. Copyright 2009 East Penn School District.
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