In accordance with the Allegheny County Health Department, the immunization guidelines for students are listed below. Enrollment requirements include documentation of completed age/grade appropriate immunizations. New students will not be permitted to register without completed immunizations.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - Enrollment of Students
24 P.S. §13-1301 – §13-1306 Issued July 1, 2007
School Regulations - Approved by Allegheny County Board of Health, September 5, 2007 and by Allegheny County Council July 1, 2008.
Acceptable documentation includes either:
- The child's immunization record from the Primary Care Provider.
- A written statement from the former school district or from a medical office that the required immunizations have been administered, or that a required series is in progress.
Immunization Requirements below are reflective of 47 Pa.B. 1300, Amending 28 PA. Code Ch. 23, March 4, 2017:
- 4 doses Tetanus, Diphtheria, and acellular Pertussis (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
- 4 doses Polio (1 dose on or after 4th birthday, and 6 months after previous dose given)
- 2 doses Measles
- 2 doses Mumps
- 1 dose Rubella
- 3 doses Hepatitis B
- 2 doses Varicella - **or a written statement from physician/designee indicating month and year of disease or serologic proof of immunity
In addition to the requirements listed above, students in grades 7-12 are required to have the immunizations listed below. Please note that 7th grade students will not be permitted to start their 7th grade school year without completion of the Tdap and the 1st dose of MCV. Twelfth grade students will not be permitted to start their 12th grade school year without completion of the 2nd dose of the MCV.
- 1 dose Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap)
- 2 doses Meningitis vaccine (MCV)
Documentation of lead testing is required for students entering kindergarten (effective January 1, 2018 - Article XXIII - Allegheny County Health Department). See "Lead Testing" page under Health Services Department for further details.
Exemptions to Immunization Regulations
Medical exemption - when the physical condition of the child is such that immunization would endanger life or health (requires physician's signature).
Religious exemption – when the parent/guardian adheres to a religious belief whose teachings are opposed to such immunizations (requires parent/guardian signature).
- Center for Disease Control recommended immunization schedules
- Allegheny County Health Department clinic locations and hours. Federally funded immunizations are administered free of charge to children through 18 years of age.