School Immunization Requirements for the 2012-2013 School Year
SCHOOL IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR
Immunization requirements and recommendations for the 2012-2013 school year are based on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations and the consensus of the Governor’s Child Health Advisory Committee Immunization Workgroup.
K.A.R. 28-1-20 defines immunizations required for any individual who attends school or early childhood programs operated by a school.
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP): five doses required. Four doses acceptable if dose 4 given on or after the 4th birthday. A single dose of Tdap is required at Grades 7-10 if no previous history of Tdap vaccination regardless of interval since the last Td.
Poliomyelitis (IPV/OPV): four doses required. Three doses acceptable. One dose required after age 4 regardless of the number of previous doses, with a 6 month minimum interval from the previous dose.
Measles, Mumps, Rubella: two doses required.
Hepatitis B: three doses required through grade 12.
Varicella (chickenpox): two doses required for grades K-3 and 7-8; one dose required for grades 4-6 and 9-12 unless history of varicella disease documented by a licensed physician. Two doses are currently recommended by the ACIP for all ages.
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib): three doses required for children less than 5 yrs of age in early childhood programs. Total doses needed for series completion is dependent on the type of vaccine and the age of the child when doses given.
Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV): four doses required for children less than 5 yrs of age in early childhood programs. Total doses needed dependent on the age of the child when doses given.
Hepatitis A: two doses required for children less than 5 years of age. The first dose is given at 12 to 18 months of age, with a 6 month interval between the first and second dose.
Detailed school immunization requirements by age group are listed on the 3/01/12 version of the Kansas Certificate of Immunization (KCI). http://www.kdheks.gov/immunize/download/KCI_Form.pdf
In addition to the immunizations required for school entry listed above, the 2012 ACIP recommendations also include the following for school children:
Meningococcal (MCV4): one dose recommended at 11 years with a booster dose at 16 yrs of age; not required for school entry. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6003a3.htm?s_cid=mm6003a3_e%0d%0a
Human Papillomavirus (HPV): three doses recommended for males and females at 11 years of age; not required for school entry.
Influenza: yearly vaccination recommended for all ages > 6 months of age; not required for school entry.
The ACIP Recommended Schedules are found at: http://www.kdheks.gov/immunize/schedule.htm
The complete ACIP recommendations can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/ACIP-list.htm
Efforts by schools have been central to the success of public health efforts in eliminating vaccine preventable diseases and protecting their students and families. Thank you for your dedication.