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Immunization Requirements

In accordance with Pennsylvania state law, students will not be permitted to enter school without proof of immunizations as indicated below:

Free immunizations for students 18 years old and younger are available at the Allegheny County Health Department  at
412-578-8060.
www.achd.net

Children in All Grades K - 12 are required to have the following properly spaced vaccines:

  4 doses of tetanus* (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday); 3 doses, if series started after 7 years of age
  4 doses of diphtheria* (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday); 3 doses, if series started after 7 years of age
  3 doses of polio
  2 doses of measles**
  2 doses of mumps**
  1 dose of rubella (German measles)**
  3 doses of hepatitis B
  2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or written statement from physician/designee indicating month and year of  disease 
       or  proof of immunity by blood test

* Usually given as DTP or DTaP or DT or TD
**Usually given as MMR

Children in Grades 7 - 12 are required to have the following vaccines in addition to the above vaccines:

  1 dose of tetanus/diphtheria/pertusis (Tdap)
  1 dose of meningitis (MCV4)

Exemptions to Immunizations:
Medical Exemptions-Children need not be immunized if a physician or his/her designee provides a written statement that immunization may be detrimental to the health of the child.
Religious Exemption-Children need not be immunized if the parent, guardian, or emancipated child objects to the immunization in writing based on religious grounds or on the basis of a strong moral or ethical conviction similar to a religious belief.

An exempt child may be prohibited from attending school during a disease outbreak.

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