Immunizations not only help to protect your child against many serious childhood diseases, they protect the health of other students. Immunizations are an important piece in providing your student with a healthy environment in which to learn. Different states have different laws regarding the vaccines necessary to attend school, below are those required in order to attend school in Massachusetts.
The following immunizations must be on file with the school nurse prior to starting classes:
| Grades 7-12
3 doses of Hepatitis B,
3 or more doses of Polio
4 doses DTaP/DTP or 3 or more Td
1 Tdap booster
2 doses MMR
2 doses Varicella
The following immunizations are recommended by the Center for Disease Control:
| All school-aged children
Flu Vaccine - yearly
3 doses of HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
-beginning at age 11-12
1 dose of Meningitis vaccine
Failure to provide the school nurse with documentation of these immunizations is cause for exclusion from school. A copy of your child's immunization record will be given to your child upon graduation. Most colleges will require this information prior to allowing the student to attend classes. It is suggested that you keep this record or a copy of it, in your family health file for future reference.
Definition of Allowable Exemptions:
There are two situations in which children who are not appropriately immunized may be admitted to school:
| Medical Exemption
||Documentation from your child's Health Care Provider attesting that the immunization(s) is medically contraindicated must be submitted to the school annually.
| Religious Exemption
||Written statement by parent or guardian states that the immunization(s) conflict with their sincere religious beliefs must be submitted to school annually.
Philosophical exemptions are not allowed by law in Massachusetts, even if signed by a physician.
Below are some forms for your convenience: