ImmunizationsImmunizations 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 a student’s admission. The following immunizations are required in order for a student to enter school:


DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Acellular Pertussis)

Every child less than seven years of age shall have received a minimum of four doses of diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and pertussis vaccine (DTP), or any vaccine combination containing DTP, such as DTP/Hib or DTaP, one dose of which shall have been given on or after the child's fourth birthday.


IPV (Polio)

Every child less than seven years of age shall have received at least three doses of live, trivalent, oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV), or inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) either separately or in combination, one dose of which shall have been given on or after the child's fourth birthday or, alternatively, any appropriately spaced combination of four doses.

For children seven years of age and older, any appropriately spaced combination of three doses of OPV or IPV shall satisfy the poliovirus vaccine requirement.


MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)

Every child born on or after January 1, 1990 shall have received two doses of a live measles-containing vaccine, or any vaccine combination containing live measles vaccine, such as the preferred measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, prior to school entrance for the first time into Kindergarten, Grade One, or a comparable age entry level special education program with an unassigned grade. The first dose shall have been administered on or after the child's first birthday, and the second dose shall have been administered no less than one month after the first dose.


HepB (Hepatitis B)

Every child born on or after January 1, 1996 shall have received three doses of hepatitis B vaccine, or any vaccine combination containing hepatitis B virus, prior to school entrance for the first time into a Kindergarten, Grade 1, or a comparable age entry level special education program with an unassigned grade.


Varivax (Varicella or Chicken Pox)

Every child born after 1998 is required to have received one dose of varicella vaccine, prior to entering the school system, including pre-school.  Vaccinations must be administered on/after the child’s first birthday or parental/physician’s history of disease or lab evidence of immunity.