• 2018-19 School Immunization Requirements

    Massachusetts Department of Public Health

    Grades 7 – 12

    Requirements apply to all students including individuals from another country attending or visiting classes or educational programs as part of an academic visitation or exchange program.  In ungraded classrooms, grade 7 requirements apply to all students ≥12 years.  Requirements apply to all students, even if over 18 years of age.

    Tdap

    1 dose; and history of DTaP primary series or age appropriate catch-up vaccination. Tdap given at ≥7 years may be counted, but a dose at age 11-12 is recommended if Tdap was given earlier as part of a catch-up schedule. Td should be given if it has been ≥10 years since Tdap.  

    Polio

    4 doses; 4th dose must be given on or after the 4th birthday and ≥6 months after the previous dose, or a 5th dose is required.  3 doses are acceptable if the 3rd dose is given on or after the 4th birthday and ≥6 months after the previous dose.  In a mixed OPV/IPV schedule at least 4 doses are required, regardless of age.

    Hepatitis B

    3 doses; laboratory evidence of immunity acceptable

    MMR

    2 doses; first dose must be given on or after the 1st birthday and the 2nd dose must be given ≥28 days after dose 1; laboratory evidence of immunity acceptable

    Varicella

    2 doses; first dose must be given on or after the 1st birthday and 2nd dose must be given ≥28 days after dose 1; a reliable history of chickenpox* or laboratory evidence of immunity acceptable

    Meningococcal

    1 dose; 1 dose MenACWY (formerly MCV4) required for newly enrolled full-time students attending a secondary school with grades 9-12 (in ungraded classrooms, those with students ≥13 years) who live in a congregate living arrangement approved by the secondary school (e.g., dormitory). Students may decline MenACWY vaccine after they have read and signed the MDPH Meningococcal Information and Waiver Form provided by their institution.  Meningococcal B vaccine is not required and does not meet this requirement.