Pennsylvania has a new health statute requiring that all children be up-to -date with their vaccinations by the first day of school or schools can turn them away. Unlike the eight-month grace period in the past, schools will only permit a 5 day grace period. The new Pennsylvania immunization requirements for the 2017-2018 school year are as follows:
If a child does not have required doses, they must do the following within the first 5 days of school:
The chart below lists the specific vaccinations, grades, and doses required:
This link can help you find a health center near you that offers these vaccinations.
Vaccinations are crucial to prevent diseases that can be very serious, may require hospitalization, and can even be deadly, especially in young children. The vaccinations above can help protect children against 14 serious childhood diseases, including a whooping cough, measles, mumps, and meningitis, to name a few. Keeping your children up-to-date with these immunizations will not only ensure they start school on time but can also save their life.