Massachusetts School Immunization Law (M.G.L. 76:15) requires that students present documentation of immunization compliance in order to be admitted to school. Exceptions are made only for students with written documentation of medical or religious exemption.
Prior to entering kindergarten students must show proof of the following immunizations: 3 doses of Hepatitis B; 5 doses of DTaP/DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis), 4 doses of Polio, 2 MMR doses (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) and 2 doses of Varicella vaccine.
A single dose of Tdap vaccine will be required for students attending 7th grade if it has been more than five years since the last dose of DtaP, DT or Td. If it has been less than five years since a student received his/her last dose of Dtap, DT or Td, Tdap will not be required, but may be administered according to the judgment of a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant.
Students entering all other grades must meet current Massachusetts Department of Public Health immunization requirements. School health records are reviewed periodically to determine the immunization status of each student. If it is found that immunization updates are needed, school nurses will telephone parents/legal guardians or send notices home.
Verification of immunizations given at a doctorís office or emergency room should be submitted to the school nurse to update the studentís health record.