• Effective July 2008, but enacted on September 30, 2009, the Allegheny County Health Department mandated that all public, private, parochial, cyber and home-school students in Allegheny County will not be permitted to attend school without proof of receiving the required immunizations.

     Immunizations required for students in all grades K-12: 

    • 4 doses of tetanus vaccine (1 dose must have been given on or after the 4th birthday) 
      • Note: If series is started after 7 years of age, only 3 doses are required.
    • 4 doses of diphtheria vaccine (1 dose must have been given on or after the 4th birthday) 
      • Note: If series is started after 7 years of age, only 3 doses are required.
    • 4 doses of polio vaccine (Dose 4 is not necessary if dose 3 was administered at age 4 or older and at least 6 months after the previous dose)
    • 2 doses of measles, mumps, rubella vaccine (Usually given as MMR)
    • 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine (Dose 2 must be given at least 1 month after the dose 1. Dose 3 must be given at least 2 months after dose 2 and at least 4 – 6 months after dose 1. 
    • 2 doses of varicella vaccine, or written statement from physician/designee indicating month and year of disease or serologic proof of immunity 

    Additional immunizations required for students on the first day of 7th grade:

    • 1 dose of tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis vaccine (Tdap)
    • 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4)

    Additional immunization required for students on the first day of 12th grade:

    • 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4).  If one dose was give at 16 years of age or older, that shall count as the 12th grade dose.

     

    It is very important that students receive all required immunizations.  Students that do not have the doses listed above must receive the required dose within the first five days of school or risk exclusion.  If the next dose is not the final dose of a series, parents must provide a medical plan within the first five days of school.  Children failing to show official documentation or a medical plan within the first five days of school will be unable to attend school.