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School vaccination requirements for attendance in Pennsylvania schools are as follows:

Required for every grade:

  • 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis DTaP *1 dose on/after 4th birthday
  • 4 doses of polio *3 doses if third dose is given at 4 years or older
  • 2 doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • 3 doses of Hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of varicella or evidence of immunity


Required for entry to 7th grade and each succeeding year:

  • 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis, Tdap
  • 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine, MCV


Required for entry to 12th grade:

  • 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine, MCV after 16 years of age or older


If your child is still missing the required vaccines, please call their physician for an appointment. Once an appointment is scheduled, please call your child’s school nurse and provide the scheduled date and physician name.


These requirements allow for the following exemptions: medical reason, religious belief, philosophical or strong moral conviction. Exemptions must be in the form of a written letter to the school nurse.

COVID-19: Have You Been Fully Vaccinated?

In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:
   -2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
   -2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
Altoona Area School District Case Response Protocol
AASD Health Services Department - COVID-19 Daily Wellness Checklist, COVID-19 Symptomatic K-12 Student Process Flow and Protocols When a Student or Staff Member is COVID Positive
American Academy of Pediatrics - Dedicated to the Health of All Children