PENNSYLVANIA LAW REQUIRES THAT your child be excluded from starting school if he or she does not have at least one dose of every required vaccine. ALSO WITHIN 5 DAYS OF STARTING SCHOOL, the school must be provided with proof that your child has received all “Required Vaccines.” If further doses of needed vaccine(s) are not medically appropriate during the first 5 days of school, then on or before the fifth day, you must submit a medical plan, signed by your healthcare provider, listing dates the remaining doses will be given. For more info go to www.dontwaitvaccinate.pa.gov
All Students in Grades K-12 need:
4 doses of DTaP, DTP, DT, or Td - diphtheria/tetanus/acellular pertussis (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
4 doses of polio (4th dose on or after the 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given)
2 doses of MMR - measles/mumps/rubella
3 doses of Hepatitis B
2 doses of Varicella - chickenpox (or evidence of immunity through a written statement from physician/designee indicating month and year of disease or serologic proof of immunity)
All Students in Grades 7-12 also need:
1 dose of Tdap - tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (to enter 7th grade)
2 doses of MCV - meningococcal conjugate vaccine
The State of Pennsylvania in cooperation with the Center for Disease Control has made chickenpox a mandatory reportable disease. Therefore, if your child develops chickenpox, please notify the school nurse, who will report the case to the Allegheny County Department of Health. Health Department personnel will then contact the parent to collect the required information.
Also, anyone requesting a medical or religious exemption from the above requirements must also contact the school nurse. Non-compliance with the vaccination regulations may result in your child being excluded from attending school as per the ACHD and the Pennsylvania Department of Health regulations.
NEW FOR STUDENTS ENTERING KINDERGARTEN IN THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR: THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT (ACHD) IS REQUIRING SCHOOLS TO COLLECT DOCUMENTATION OF LEAD TESTING COMPLETED BY YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER.
Lead is a neurotoxin that can have irreversible effects on your child’s health, IQ & ability to learn. Lead Testing is recommended for a child between the ages of 9-12 months, and then again around the age of 24 months. If your child has never received lead testing, it is advised that you have this performed as soon as possible.
For more information refer to the ACHD pamphlet found on the Registration website, in the Registration Packet, or on the Nursing Services website.
If you do not have health insurance that covers vaccinations or lead testing, remember that the Allegheny County Health Department provides these services. You may call 412-578-8062 for clinic location and hours.Please call your school nurse if you are in need of a medical or religious / moral exemption, or to discuss any other concerns. Anyone whose child does not have all of the above vaccines by the first day of school must contact the school nurse to discuss their individual situation.
**Certain communicable diseases may necessitate the child remaining out of school until judged noninfectious by the child’s physician or school nurse.