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2017 - 2018 School Immunization Requirements


The Indiana State Department of Health Immunization Division annually reviews and updates the immunizations required for school entry. Changes to the 2017-2018 School Immunization Requirements are as follows:
  • Two (2) dose of Hepatitis A vaccine (Hep A) are required for all students entering Kindergarten and 1st and 2nd grade.
  • Varicella. Physician documentation of disease history, including month and year, is proof of immunity for students in preschool through 9th grade. Parental report of disease history is acceptable for grades 10-12.
  • All other requirements from the 2016-2017 School Year will remain unchanged.
The full list of all school immunization requirements can be found online on the website for Indiana’s state immunization registry (CHIRP).


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ther immunizations your physician may recommend for adolescents (if not already given):


  • Hepatitis A vaccine- recommended to be given routinely to all children 12 months of age and as a catch up to older children, now is required in Indiana for all Kindergarten and first grade students. This is a 2 dose series. This vaccine will be required for all grades in the future.
  • HPV vaccine- recommended for girls starting at age 11 to prevent cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers. It is now recommended for boys starting at age 11 to prevent penile cancer.  HPV vaccine also protects both females and males from anal and throat cancers, as well as genital warts. New recommendations adopted in December 2016 has changed the number of doses required.  Talk to you health care provider for more information.
  • Men B Vaccine - recommended for ages 16-18 years to prevent Meningococcal disease (Neisseria meningitidis) which causes meningitis and infections of the blood.  This has been the cause for recent outbreaks at colleges and universities.

What should parents do to make sure their children are properly immunized?


  • Check your child’s immunization record. It is possible your child has received these vaccines.
  • If your child has received the vaccines, give the immunization record to the school nurse. Ask your healthcare provider to put immunizations into CHIRP, the statewide immunization registry. This will prevent unnecessary immunizations from being given.
  • If your child has not received the vaccines, schedule an appointment with your primary care provider. Remember to schedule your appointment early to avoid the last minute rush.
These changes will continue to help Indiana prevent further disease outbreaks that have occurred in our state in recent years.

Sources


  • Indiana State Department of Health, January 6, 2017
  • Hamilton County Health Department, May 9, 2017

More Information


Read the School Immunization FAQ (PDF).