Immunizations

IMMUNIZATIONS

Immunizations ensure that children attending school are protected against potential outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases. 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.

EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL RULES
A parent must give to the school nurse written proof that the required immunizations were given or a written plan signed by a doctor indicating when the required immunizations will be given before the first day of school or within the first 5 days of the school year.
 
For a complete list of immunizations required for school click here.
 
If your child is in need of any immunizations, and you are unable to obtain the immunization from your healthcare provider, you may contact your local Department of Health office.

  • Exclusion. A child who does not have an exemption as permitted by § 23.84 (relating to exemption from immunization) and who does not receive the immunizations as required in subparagraphs (i) and (ii) may be excluded in that school year and each succeeding school year that the child fails to obtain the required immunization.
  • The only exceptions to the school laws for immunization are medical reasons, religious beliefs, or strong moral or ethical convictions similar to a religious belief.
  • If your child is exempt from immunizations, your child may be removed from school during a disease outbreak as determined by the PA Department of Health and the Chief School Physician.