Immunizations

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  • The Illinois State Board of Education School Code and Child Health Examination Code (77 Ill Adm. Code 665) requires specific immunizations for a child to attend public school. More information is outlined in the Illinois State Board of Education website.

Immunization Requirements

  • MCV Vaccination Requirements
    All students entering sixth grade must show proof of one meningococcal conjugate vaccination (MCV) on or after the child's 11th birthday.

    Diphtheria Tetanus & Acellular Pertusis (DTaP)
    Any child two years or older entering school (Preschool, early childhood, kindergarten through grade 12), must show proof of having received four or more doses of DTaP vaccine. The first three doses must be at least four weeks (28 days) apart. The third and fourth dose must be at least six months apart. A fifth booster dose is required on or after the child’s 4th birthday. The fifth dose is not necessary if the fourth dose was given after the child’s fourth birthday. The fourth dose, only, in this case, is considered the booster dose.

    Diphtheria Tetanus & Acellular Pertusis (TDaP Booster)
    Students entering grade 6 must show proof of having received one dose of TDaP, regardless of the interval since the last diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis dose. The recommended age for receiving the Tdap vaccine is 11-years-old.

    Inactive Polio Vaccine (IPV) or Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV)

    1. Any child entering a child care facility or school program below the kindergarten level shall show proof of having received two or more doses of polio vaccine (defined as oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) or inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV)) by one year of age and a third dose by the second birthday. Doses in the series shall have been received no less than four weeks (28 days) apart.  Any child 24 months of age or older shall show proof of at least three doses of polio vaccine appropriately spaced.
    2. Any child entering school at any grade level (kindergarten through 12) shall show proof of having received three or more doses of polio vaccine (defined as oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) or inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV)).  A child who received any combination of IPV and OPV shall show proof of having received at least four doses, with the last dose having been received on or after the fourth birthday. Doses in the series shall have been received no less than four weeks (28 days) apart.  A child who received IPV exclusively or OPV exclusively shall show proof of having received at least three doses, with the last dose having been received on or after the fourth birthday. Doses in the series shall have been received no less than four weeks (28 days) apart.
    3. Beginning with the school year 2017-2018, any child entering kindergarten shall show proof of having received four or more doses of polio vaccine (defined as oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) or inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV)).  The first three doses in the series shall have been received no less than four weeks (28 days) apart. The fourth or last dose shall be administered on or after the fourth birthday and at least six months after the previous dose. A fourth dose is not needed if the third dose was administered at age four or older and at least six months after the previous dose, in accordance with the ACIP catch-up series.
    4. For students attending school programs in which grade levels (kindergarten through 12) are not assigned, including special education programs, proof of polio vaccine shall be submitted before the school years in which the child reaches the ages of five, 11 and 15.  Students eligible to remain in public schools beyond grade 12 (special education) shall meet the requirements for grade 12.


    Measles
    Children entering school at any grade level must show proof of having received two doses of live measles vaccine. The first must have been given at or after one year of age, usually as part of the MMR, and the second, no less than a month later.  Proof of disease, verified by a doctor, is acceptable in place of immunization.

    Rubella (German Measles)
    Any child two years or older entering a school program (Preschool, early childhood, kindergarten through grade 12), must show proof of having received two doses of live rubella virus vaccine. The first dose must be completed on or after the first birthday and the second dose no less than four weeks (28 days) after the first dose, or proof of immunity. The second dose is usually given as part of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine between 4 through 6 years old. The proof of vaccination must include day, month, year to determine the minimal interval between vaccinations has been met. If vaccination cannot be verified, the only other acceptable proof of rubella immunity is evidence through a specific rubella antibody blood test. This test must be completed in a laboratory that regularly performs antibody testing. Reported history of the disease is not an acceptable proof of immunity.

    Mumps
    Any child two years or older entering a school program (Pre-kindergarten, Early Intervention, or Kindergarten through 12th grade) must show proof of having received two doses of live mumps virus vaccine. The first dose must be completed on or after the child's first birthday and the second dose no less than four weeks (28 days) after the first dose. The second dose is usually given as part of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine between 4 through 6 years old. If vaccination cannot be verified, other acceptable proofs of mumps immunity include: 1) the proof of the date of the illness signed and verified by a physician or 2) a specific mumps antibody blood test completed in a laboratory.

    Hepatitis B
    Any child two years or older entering a school program (Preschool, early childhood, kindergarten through grade 12), must show proof of having received three doses of the hepatitis B vaccine. The first two doses must have been completed no less than four weeks (28 days) apart. The interval between the second and third dose must have been at least eight weeks (56 days) apart. The interval between the first and the third dose must be at least four months (112 days) apart. A previous or current hepatitis B infection may be substituted for the vaccine series. Proof of the infection must be verified by specific positive hepatitis B blood tests completed in a laboratory.  All children entering 6th grade must provide proof of a completed hepatitis B series or proof of immunity.

    HIB (Haemphilus Influenza Type B)
    All children entering preschool or an early intervention program must show proof of having received one dose of HIB vaccination, given on or after 15 months of age. The HIB is not required for children in grades kindergarten through 12.

    Varicella (Chicken Pox) Vaccine

    1. Any child entering a child care facility or school program below the kindergarten level shall show proof of having received one dose of varicella vaccine on or after the first birthday, or other proof of immunity described in Section 665.250(g).
    2. Children entering school at any grade level (kindergarten through 12) shall show proof of having received at least one dose of varicella vaccine on or after the first birthday, or other proof of immunity described in Section 665.250(g).
    3. Any child entering kindergarten, sixth grade, or ninth grade for the first time on or after July 1, 2014 shall show proof of having received two doses of varicella vaccine, the first dose on or after the first birthday and the second dose no less than four weeks (28 days) after the first dose, or other proof of immunity described in Section 665.250(g).


    TB Skin Test
    This test is done at the physician’s discretion.


    Additional information is available from the State of Illinois' Child Health Examination Code.