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Nurse's Corner

As we all prepare to depart for our summer vacation I wanted to offer a few reminders on health requirements for next year. I know many students have their yearly physical and dental checkups over the summer so I wanted you to be prepared and know what to ask their doctors for. The State of Pennsylvania requires Physicals for all new students and those entering Kindergarten and 6th grade. All Middle School students participating in sports must have a completed PIAA Physical every year in order to participate. Below are the required immunizations. The State also required dental forms for all new students and those entering Kindergarten, 3rd and 6th grades. Please contact the nurse's office if you have any questions or concerns.

PENNSYLVANIA REQUIRED CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE

Students entering kindergarten need:

· 4 doses of tetanus* (1 dose, age 4);
· 4 doses of diphtheria* (1 dose, age 4);
· 3 doses of polio;
· 2 doses of measles; **
· 2 doses of mumps; **
· 1 dose of rubella (German measles); **
· 3 dose of hepatitis B; and
· 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
or history of disease.

Students entering seventh grade need:

· 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) if five years have
passed since last tetanus immunization; and
· 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV).

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


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.

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