Information about school immunization requirements and dataSchool immunization requirements exist to protect students and members of their community from serious vaccine-preventable diseases by ensuring high vaccination ratesSchool immunization rates provide insight into the vaccine coverage in communities across the state. Since immunization rates are not uniform across the state, school immunization data highlight areas that may be more susceptible to vaccine-preventable diseases. These data also show the importance of maintaining high immunization rates.To learn more, visit the Massachusetts Department of Health School Immunizations page: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/school-immunizations
The MDPH Immunization Division has updated the 2021-2022 Immunization Requirements for School Entry: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/school-immunizations. The update includes 1 dose of MenACWY (formerly MCV4) for student entry to grades 7 and 8 and 2 doses for entry to grades 11 and 12. Please note the second dose for MenACWY must be given on or after the 16th birthday.
The addition of an influenza vaccine requirement for school entry was removed due to COVID-19 pandemic-related circumstances and the mild 2020/21 flu season. It has not been reinstated, but the Department of Public Health strongly recommends that all children be vaccinated with both influenza vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine according to age eligibility.