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Vaccinations required by Pa. school code

Published May 23. 2012 05:01PM

Pennsylvania school code requires that a child be vaccinated against certain diseases in order to attend classes. The rules apply to public and private schools, including vocational schools, intermediate units, and special education and home education programs, cyber and charter schools.

For attendance in all grades, students need:

• Four doses of tetanus (one dose on or after the 4th birthday)

• Four doses of diphtheria (one dose on or after the 4th birthday)

• Three doses of polio

• Two doses of measles

• Two doses of mumps

• One dose of rubella (German measles)

• Three doses of hepatitis B

• Two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or history of disease

Students attending seventh grade in 2011/2012 need the following:

• One dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (if five years has elapsed since last tetanus immunization)

• One dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Health

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