School Immunization Requirements

The vaccines your child needs before starting school.

A child can't start school without having received the necessary immunizations, as mandated by state laws. Do you know what those immunizations are?

Every state, school district, or private school may have its own immunization requirements, so make sure to ask specifically if your child's immunization history allows him to register. Here are the commonly required school immunizations:

  • DPT (diphtheria, tetanus pertussis): 3 to 4 shots
  • Polio: 3 to 4 shots
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella): 1 to 2 shots
  • HIB (haemophilus influenza, type B): 1 shot
  • *Hepatitis B: 3 shots
  • *Varicella (chickenpox): 1 shot

* Only required in some states

Sources: Maryland Community and Public Health Administration; Minneapolis Public Schools; Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department; Travis Unified School District

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

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