The Department of Health and Senior Services revised the administrative rules regarding two immunizations that affect students in Pre-K and two immunizations that affect 6th graders. Pre-K students upon entry into school must have at least one dose of the pneumococcal vaccine and a dose of the influenza vaccine given between September 1 and December 31. Students entering 6th grade must have one dose of Tdap given no earlier than the 10th birthday and one dose of the meningococcal vaccine. Immunization requirements for school attendance in New Jersey may be clicked on below for your review.
In order for a child to start kindergarten he/she must have four DPT (Diptheria Pertussis Tetanus) vaccines (the last dose given on or after the 4th birthday or any five doses), three Polio vaccines (the last dose given on or after the 4th birthday), two MMR (Measles Mumps Rubella) vaccines, three Hepatitis B vaccines and one Varicella vaccine. Also, a physical examination on the school physical form is required by your medical care provider, if an exam was not done for PreK. In addition to the pneumococcal and influenza vaccines required for Pre-K students, 4 doses of DPT, 3 doses of polio, 1 dose MMR and 1 dose Hib (Haemophilis B) are needed for Pre-K admission.