Immunization Requirements

REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS FOR ENTRANCE INTO SCHOOL IN ILLINOIS 2015/2016

Diphtheria/Pertussis/Tetanus (DPT) - four or more doses with the last dose having been received after the age of four years. Individual doses of the series must have been received no less than four weeks apart. Children over the age of six do not need the pertussis component. Booster immunization required after 10 years.

Tdap - Students entering grades 6 who have not already received Tdap are required to receive one Tdap dose regardless of the interval since the last DTap, DT, or Td dose.

Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) - children over age two entering a preschool program - a primary series consisting of 3-4 doses given at least one month apart. Children that do not receive the primary series need one dose after fifteen months of age. Not required for children over age five.

Hepatitis B - Immunization is required for children in preschool, sixth, seventh and eighth grade. Children must provide proof of having received three doses of hepatitis B vaccine. The first two doses must be no less than 28 days apart. The interval between the second and the third dose must be at least two months. The interval between the first and the third dose must be at least four months. For children entering preschool, the third dose must have been administered on or after 6 months of age. Proof of prior or current infection, if verified by laboratory evidence, may be substituted for proof of vaccination.

Measles (Rubeola) - one dose of live measles vaccine given after the age of twelve months and booster dose of live measles vaccine no sooner than one month after the first dose. Proof (dates) of disease, if verified by a physician, may be substituted for proof of immunization.

Meningococcal – Students entering grade 6 shall show proof of having received one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine on or after the 11th birthday.

Mumps - two doses of live mumps virus vaccine, the first dose on or after the first birthday, and the second dose no less than 4 weeks (28 days) after the first dose, or other proof of immunity described in Section 665.250(c).

Pneumococcal - Any child entering a school program below kindergarten level- proof of immunization that complies with the pneumococcal vaccination requirement of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Polio - three or more doses with the last dose having been received after the age of four years. Individual doses of the series must have been received no less than six weeks apart.

Rubella (German Measles) – two doses of live rubella virus vaccine, the first dose on or after the first birthday, and the second dose no less than 4 weeks (28 days) after the first dose, or other proof of prior of immunity described in Section 665.250(c).

Varicella (Chicken Pox) – children entering kindergarten or 6th grade - two doses of varicella virus vaccine, the first dose on or after the first birthday, and the second dose no less than 4 weeks (28 days) after the first dose, or other proof of immunity described in Section 665.250(c), or laboratory evidence of varicella immunity.

EXCEPTIONS:
RELIGIOUS OBJECTION - Must be a written and signed statement from the parent or legal guardian which sets forth the specific religious belief which conflicts with the examination or immunization. MEDICAL OBJECTION - Must be a signed statement from a licensed physician stating what the specific medical condition of the child is that makes the administration of one or more of the required immunizations medically contraindicated.