Immunizations

What new immunizations are required?

Preschool or kindergarten (preschool students include those attending a special education program, childcare, or preschool program within the school):
  • Two varicella (chickenpox) vaccinations (not needed if child has documentation of having had chicken pox)

Entering Grades 6 – 12:

  • Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis vaccine. (Also called Tdap.)
  • Menigococcal conjugate vaccine. (Also called MCV4 – Menactra.)
  • Two varicella (chickenpox) vaccinations (not needed if child has documentation of having had chicken pox)

These shots are in addition to those previously required.

What happens if my child does not have the required shots by the time school starts?

If your child is not exempted from getting the shots, your child may attend school for 20 days to allow you time to get the necessary shots. The law says the school cannot allow your child to attend school for more than 20 days without the shots, unless the child is exempted for religious or medical reasons – or if a doctor has provided documentation that your child is scheduled to be vaccinated. (See below for more information on exemptions.)

What should I do if my child has some of the shots, but not all of them?

If your child is scheduled to obtain the shots, a doctor can provide a statement with a schedule showing when the child will get the remaining shots. You need to provide the doctor’s statement to the school. Your child may continue to attend school while getting the shots.

What should I do if I have religious objections to my child receiving the shots?

You must provide the school a signed, written statement expressing that you object to the required vaccinations based on religious grounds. If you provide this statement to the school, your child may continue to attend school and will be excused from obtaining the required shots.

What if the doctor says my child should not have the shot(s)?

If your child’s doctor says one or more of the required vaccinations could be harmful to your child, the doctor needs to provide a signed, written statement that you must take to your child’s school. Your child may continue to attend school and will be excused from obtaining the required shots.

What if I can’t afford the shots or I don’t have a doctor?

Contact your local health department and your school nurse for information on where your child can get the required shot(s) at little or no cost.

Where can I get more information?

Your school nurse has information on these requirements. Information is also available from the Indiana State Department of Health (1-800-701-0704).

Immunization Quick Reference Guide

*Four doses of DTaP/DTP/DT are acceptable if 4th dose was administered on or after child’s fourth birthday.
**Three doses of polio vaccine are acceptable if 3rd dose was administered on or after child’s fourth birthday and the doses are all IPV or all OPV.
***The 4th dose of polio vaccine must be administered on or after child’s fourth birthday. This applies only to kindergarten for 2010-2011.
~Two dose alternative adolescent schedule (Recombivax HB given at age 11-15 years x 2 doses) is acceptable if properly documented.
Physician documentation of disease history, including month and year, is proof of immunity for preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade-students. A signed statement from the parent/guardian indicating history of disease, including month and year is required for children in grades 2-12.

For a current list of requirements, please go to https://chirp.in.gov/chirp_files/chirp_docs.htm