Immunizations

  • According to state law, students must be vaccinated for certain diseases before they may enter school. The Boston Public Schools requires that students have immunizations that are up-to-date for school entry when they register for school. By Massachusetts law, students who do not provide documentation of current immunization status (includes dates of each immunization) could be asked to leave school until the student is fully immunized. Documentation of immunizations is extremely important. Parents are responsible for keeping immunizations current and informing the school nurse when their child has received additional immunizations. School nurses review immunization records regularly.

    Required Immunizations to Register for the 2021-2022 School Year

    (Note: requirements are for this year only.)

     

    K0/K1
    (ages 3-4)

    K2
    (ages 4-5)

    Grades 1-6

    Grades 7-12

    Hepatitis B

    3 doses*

    3 doses*

    3 doses*

    3 doses*

    DTaP/DTP/DT/

    Td

    ≥ 4 doses

    DtaP/DTP

    5 doses

    DtaP/DTP

    ≥ 4 doses Dtap/DTP
    or 
    ≥ 3 doses Td

    ≥ 4 doses Dtap/DTP
    or 
    ≥ 3 doses Td

    Tdap

    -

    -

    -

    1 dose 

    Polio

    3 doses

    3-4 doses^

    3-4 doses^

    3-4 doses^

    Hib

    1-4 doses

    0

    0

    0

    MMR

    1 dose*

    2 doses*

    2 doses*

    2 doses*

    Varicella

    (Chickenpox)

    1 dose*

    2 doses*

    2 doses*

    2 doses*

    ^^MenACWY

    (Meningococcal conjugate)

    -

    -

    -

    1 dose grade 7-8

    1 dose grades 11-12 (booster) 

    *or official documentation of disease/immunity

    **the seasonal influenza vaccine for the current flu season (July-June) must be received annually for anyone 6 months or older by December 31. New students entering between January 1 and March 31 must have received a dose of vaccine for the current flu season for entry.

    ^the last dose must be on or after the 4th birthday and >6 months after the previous dose, or an additional dose is required

    ^^Meningococcal Conjugate vaccine is required for entry into grade 7 and an additional booster dose in grades 11 or 12.

    Meningococcal Vaccine Phase-In Schedule

     

    2021-2022

    2022-2023

    2023-2024

      1 Dose MenACWY

    Grades 7-8

    Grades 7-9

    Grades 7-10

      2 Doses MenACWY

    Grades 11-12

    Grades 11-12

    Grades 11-12

    Special Situations. Except in an emergency or epidemic, students may start school if a parent or guardian presents a written statement (1) from a physician that their child has not been immunized for medical reasons, or (2) that the child has not been immunized due to his or her religious beliefs. 

    More information hereContact BPS Health Services at 617-635-6788 with questions. 

    In addition, we strongly recommend that your child have a Tuberculosis Risk Assessment at the annual physical.

Immunization Schedules and Information