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Immunizations

Immunization

Immunizations are required for entry into school to comply with Chapter 14 of the New Jersey Sanitary Code. Failure to provide a complete immunization record can result in the child’s exclusion from school. The school nurse reviews all immunization records prior to student’s admission.

The following immunizations are required:

IMMUNIZATION

PRE-KINDERGARTEN

GRADES K-5

GRADES 6-8

HEPATITIS B

3 doses

3 doses

3 doses

DtaP/DTP/DT/Td

4 doses

4-5 doses

4-5 doses 

*Tdap

-

-

1 dose

Polio

3 doses

4 doses

4 doses

Hib

3 doses

3-4 doses

3-4 doses

MMR

1 dose

2 doses

2 doses

Varicella

1 dose

1 dose

 -

**Meningococcal

-

-

1 dose

***Pneumococcal

1 dose

-

-

****Influenza

1 dose (annually)

-

-

   

*  For pupils entering Grade 6 on or after 9-1-08 and born on or after 1-1-97 one dose of Tdap is required.  A child does not need a Tdap dose until FIVE years after the last DTP/DtaP or Td dose.

**  One dose of meningococcal is required for pupils entering Grade 6 on or after 9-1-08 and born on or after 1-1-97.

***  A minimum of 1 dose of Pneumococcal vaccine is needed after the first birthday.

****  For children enrolled in pre-Kindergarten on or after 9-1-08 1 dose is to be given between September 1 and December 31 of each year.

   Medical exemptions: According to N.J.A.C. 8:57-4.3 and 4.4 a child shall not be required to have any specific immunization(s) which are medically contraindicated. A written statement submitted to the school from a physician indicating that an immunization is medically contraindicated for a specific period of time, and the reason(s) for the medical contraindication, based upon valid medical reasons.

   Religious exemptions: According to N.J.A.C. 8:57-4.4, a child shall be exempted from mandatory immunization if the parent or guardian objects thereto in a written statement on official stationary submitted to the school, signed by the parent or guardian, explaining how the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the pupil’s exercise of bona fide religious tenets or practices.

Those students with medical or religious exemptions may be excluded from the school during a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak or threatened outbreak.

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