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2023 - 2024 School Immunization Requirements
The Indiana State Department of Health Immunization Division annually reviews and updates the immunizations required for school entry.
- All requirements from the 2022-2023 school year remain unchanged.
The full list of all school immunization requirements can be found on the Indiana State Department of Health’s Immunization website at https://www.in.gov/health/immunization/files/2023-24-School-Immunization-English-Requirements-November-2022.pdf or https://www.in.gov/isdh/17094.htm
Other immunizations your physician may recommend for adolescents (if not already given):
- HPV vaccine- recommended for both boys and girls starting at age 11 to prevent cervical, vulvar, and vaginal cancers in girls and anal, oropharyngeal, and other head and neck cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) in both boys and girls. New recommendations adopted in December 2016 has changed the number of doses required depending on age when the series is started. Talk to your health care provider for more information.
- Meningitis B vaccine- this two (2) shot series is 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 of recent outbreaks at colleges and universities. The college or university your child will attend may require this vaccine. Check their immunization requirements.
Immunizations recommended for all grade levels:
- COVID-19- is now recommended for everyone 6 months and older to prevent COVID-19 disease. Vaccine schedules are dependent on age, number of previous vaccines, . COVID-19 can make children and teens very sick and sometimes requires treatment in a hospital. Getting eligible children and teens vaccinated against COVID-19 can help keep them from getting really sick if they do get COVID-19, including protecting them from short and long-term complications and hospitalization. Vaccinating children can also help keep them in school or daycare and safely participating in sports, playdates, and other group activities.
- Influenza vaccine yearly- recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older each year. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at higher risk of serious complications from influenza. A full listing of people at Higher Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications is available. Flu vaccination has important benefits. It can reduce flu illnesses, visits to doctor’s offices, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as make symptoms less severe and reduce flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.
What should parents do to make sure their children are properly immunized?
- Check your child’s immunization record. It is possible your child has already 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. Since 2015 health care providers have been required by Indiana law to put immunizations for anyone under 19 years of age into CHIRP.
- 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.
- Indiana State Department of Health, June 2023
- Hamilton County Health Department, July 11, 2023
- CDC Frequently asked Questions for childhood vaccines https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/FAQs.html
- CDC Frequently asked Questions for COVID-19 vaccine https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html
- Hepatitis A parent letter https://www.in.gov/health/immunization/files/Hep-A-Letter-2022.pdf
- 6th grade immunization information for schools https://www.in.gov/health/immunization/files/hpv-communication-2022-English.pdf
Updated July 19, 2023