Welcome to Kindergarten!
Pennsylvania School Immunization Requirements (28 PA Code Ch.23)
Children in Kindergarten need the following immunizations for attendance:
- 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (usually given as a DTaP or DTP or DT or Td) – one dose must be on or after 4th birthday
- 4 doses of polio – 4th dose must be on or after 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given
- 2 doses of measles, mumps and rubella (usually given as MMR)
- 3 doses of Hepatitis B (properly spaced)
- 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity
Vaccine Information can be found at: www.dontwaitvaccinate.pa.gov
Vaccine compliance is determined by the number of doses and spacing of vaccine doses.
The time for completing immunizations decided by the PA Department of Education and the PA Department of Health is now 5 days. To prevent your child from being excluded from school, you must provide one of the following by the first day of school:
- A copy of the required immunizations
- A written plan to complete immunizations signed by a licensed health care provider
If you do not have insurance or your insurance does not cover immunizations, please call one of the organizations below:
- Pennsylvania Department of Health at (717) 299-7597
- LGH ChildProtect at (717) 544-3811
In addition to the above vaccinations, a physical exam and dental exam are also required for entry into a school in Pennsylvania. The physical and dental exams should be completed by the first day of school. Forms and other health information is available on the nurse’s blog under forms.
A certificate of immunization exemption must be presented if there is any reason that a child cannot be vaccinated against these diseases. If your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be removed from school during an outbreak.
Health screening results will again be posted to the Parent Portal in Sapphire. The Health Screenings include height/weight (BMI), vision, hearing and scoliosis in applicable grades.
If you prefer or require a paper copy of your child’s BMI letter, please contact the Certified School Nurse in the building by phone or email. The Certified School Nurse will then mail home a copy addressed to the parent.
For Children Who Are Uninsured
or Have Medical Assistance
Children 6-18 years old can get their required immunizations
for the new school year at one of these locations:
Call 1-888-LGH-INFO (544-4636) to register
Date: Saturday, August 26
Time: 10 AM – 2 PM
Location: Together Community Center
3293 Lincoln Highway East
Paradise, PA 17562
(Old Paradise Elementary School)
Date: Wednesday, September 6
Time: 3 PM – 7 PM Location: Suburban Pavilion
Wellness Conference Room
2100 Harrisburg Pike
Lancaster, PA 17601
Registration is required. Please bring your child’s
immunization records to the appointment.
Free Oral Exams and Sealants
Children in 1st-8th grades, especially children who do not have a dentist and are uninsured, can receive a free oral exam and sealants.
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 9 am 12 noon
Location: Welsh Mountain Health Centers 584 Springville Rd., New Holland PA 17557
Phone: (717) 354-4711 ( Appointments are required)
See attached flyer for more information: Sealant Saturday Flyer 2017
Just a few reminders as we begin the new school year…
All students in Kindergarten, 6th, and 11th grades are required to have completed physical exams.
All students in Kindergarten, 1st, and 5th grades are required to have a completed dental exam.
Incoming 7th graders are required to have their Tdap and MCV vaccines prior to the first day of school.
Exams and immunizations may be sent to the health room or faxed to your school nurse.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact your school nurse.
Reminder– All students starting kindergarten will need current immunizations along with a completed physical and dental form on file at the beginning of the school year.
Physical and dental forms can be found on the nurses blog under forms. These forms may be mailed, faxed or dropped off at your child’s school any time before the first day of school. Contact information for each school is listed under Contact Us.
Please contact your school nurse to discuss any medical concerns, medications to be given during the school day, or for any questions.
If you child currently has medication in the health room please plan to pick it up on or before the last day of school, June 5th. Medication must be picked up by a parent/guardian. Medication that is not picked up will be discarded.