Immunization Policy

Health Services

Immunizations

The Idaho Immunization Law requires that children of grades pre-school through 12 shall provide proof of immunization, or sign an exemption at the time of first enrollment in an Idaho school. Parents or guardians should provide a copy of the student’s immunizations to the school at the time of registration, before the student attends school.

Parents may choose to exempt their child from the state school immunization requirements for personal, medical or religious reasons. If an exemption is submitted, and there is an outbreak of the disease for which the exemption is signed, the exempted student may be excluded from school for the period deemed necessary by Public Health officials.


Immunization Clinics/Resources:  Central District Health Department provides all types of vaccines year-round to children ages 0-18. Anyone needing to get their child caught up on the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine or any others, can call 327-7450 to make an appointment. More details are available on the Central District Health Department website here.  Click here to review measles information sent to District parents by the District's Health Services Department on February 23, 2015.  

Grades K - 6 Immunization Requirements

Idaho state immunization requirements have changed. The following are minimal state requirements for immunization in Idaho at school entry age:

Immunization Requirement by Age

Doses of Vaccines Required

Children born on or before September 1, 1999

must have a minimum of:

  • (4) Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)

  • (1) Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

  • (3) Polio

  • (3) Hepatitis B

Children born after September 1, 1999 - September 1, 2005

must have a minimum of:

  • (5) Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)2

  • (2) Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

  • (3) Polio

  • (3) Hepatitis B

Children born after September 1, 20051

must have a minimum of:

  • (5) Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)2

  • (2) Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

  • (4) Polio3

  • (3) Hepatitis B

  • (2) Varicella (Chickenpox)4

  • (2) Hepatitis A

1. Preschool children need only be age-appropriately immunized with the required vaccines.

2. DTaP: The 5th dose is not necessary if the 4th dose was administered at age 4 years or older.

3. Polio: The 4th dose is not necessary if the 3rd dose was administered at age 4 years or older and at least 6 months after previous dose.

4. Varicella: History of varicella (chickenpox) disease documented by a physician or licensed health care professional meets the requirement.

Grade 7  Immunization Requirements

Children going into 7th grade must meet the following minimum immunization requirements in addition to school entry requirements:

  • (1) Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)

  • (1) Meningococcal

Please visit with your child’s healthcare provider about these requirements. If your child is in need of immunizations contact your physician or Central District Health Department for clinic hours. The clinic cost is minimal and requires that parents or guardians accompany their children to the clinic. As immunizations are updated, please provide the school nurse with a current copy. For additional information and resources, please call the school nurse at your child’s school.


Last Updated: 3/11/15



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