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Pennsylvania School Immunization Requirements

Pennsylvania’s school immunization requirements can be found in 28 PA Code CH 23 (School Immunization)

 Children Entering School in ALL Grades need 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 doses of mumps**
  • 1 dose of rubella (German measles)**
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or history of disease

Children Attending 7th Grade need the following vaccines:

  • 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap)(if 5 years has elapsed since last tetanus immunization)
  • 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)

*Usually given as DTP or DtaP or DT or Td
**Usually given as MMR

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.

Contact your health care provider or 1-877-PA-HEALTH for more information

PA Department of Health Offices:
Wayne County—Honesdale (570) 253-7141
Pike County—Milford (570) 296-6512