Immunization Requirements for the School Year  

K.A.R. 28-1-20 defines immunizations required for any individual who attends school or a preschool or a childcare program operated by a school.   There are many changes in requirements for immunizations for the upcoming school year.  Please carefully review the requirements below and note that your child may fall into more than one of the listed categories.  The usual numbers of doses required are listed; however there are exceptional circumstances that could alter the number of doses a child needs.  If you have questions about your child's immunization status, contact your child's primary care provider or local health department.   Proof of receiving the immunizations must be provided to the school prior to the first day of school in August.

 

Preschool/Childcare - Ages 4 years and under

Vaccine

Requirement

DTaP/DT (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)

4 doses

IPV (polio)

3 doses

MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

1 dose

Varicella (chickenpox)

1 dose*

Hepatitis A

2 doses

Hepatitis B

3 doses

HIB (Haemophilius influenza type B)

3 doses

Prevnar (Pneumococcal conjugate)

4 doses

 

*Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine not required if child has had chickenpox disease and disease is documented by physician's signature.  Without physician signature, vaccine is required even if you believe your child has had chickenpox disease.

 

 

Kindergarten Entry

Vaccine

Requirement

DTaP/DT (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)

5 doses

IPV (polio)

4 doses

MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

2 doses

Varicella (chickenpox)

2 dose*

Hepatitis A

2 doses

Hepatitis B

3 doses

 

**Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine not required if child has had chickenpox disease and disease is documented by physician's signature.  Without physician signature, vaccine is required even if you believe your child has had chickenpox disease.

 

Grade 1 through Grade 9

Vaccine

Requirement

Varicella

1 dose*

Hepatitis B

3 doses

***Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine not required if child has had chickenpox disease and disease is documented by physician's signature.  Without physician signature, vaccine is required even if you believe your child has had chickenpox disease.

11 Year Olds (Birthdates from 9/1/1997 to 8/31/1998)

Vaccine

Requirement

Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)

1 dose**

**This change is to improve pertussis (whooping cough) immunity, due to increasing pertussis outbreaks.

 

12 Year Olds through High School

Vaccine

Requirement

Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)

1 dose***

***When it is time for a Td booster, usually at 12-15 years of age, a Tdap is required instead of a Td.  This change is to improve pertussis (whooping cough) immunity, due to increasing pertussis outbreaks. 

All students please bring proof of immunizations to enrollment.

SCHOOL ENTRY PHYSICALS
Any new preschool or kindergarten student will need a school entry physical completed by a Kansas physician within 12 months prior to the first day of school in August. New students under the age of 9 who are attending a Kansas school for the first time also require a physical as described above. Documentation of this physical must be provided to the school prior to the first day of school in August.