Altoona Area School District

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State Requirements

A listing of Medical & Dental Examination schedules; Growth, Vision, Hearing & Scoliosis Screenings; School Nurse Services; Maintenance of Health Records; and Immunization Assessments.
School Children Immunizations

Children in ALL grades (K-12) need the following vaccines:
  • 4 doses of tetanus*(1 dose on or after 4th birthday)
  • 4 doses of diphtheria* (1 dose on or after 4th birthday)
  • 3 doses of polio
  • 2 doses of measles**
  • 2 doses of mumps**
  • 1 dose of rubella (German measles) **
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity

*Usually given as DTP or DT or Td          **Usually given as MMR

7th Grade ADDITIONAL immunization requirements for entry:
  • 1 dose meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)
  • 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis(Tdap) [if five years have elapsed since last tetanus immunization]

The only exemptions to the school laws for immunizations are:
  • medical reasons;
  • religious beliefs; or
  • philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction.

If your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be removed from school during an outbreak.