It is very important that all students are up to date with their immunizations. This is not only important in maintaining the health of the student, but also the health of their families and our community.

The State of Massachusetts determines the immunization requirements to enter school and charges the school districts with enforcing them.

  • Students that are not in compliance with Massachusetts immunization guidelines may be excluded from school.
  • Immunization requirements for the state of Massachusetts are currently undergoing a phase-in schedule for several vaccines. This means that immunization requirements will be updated every year until the 2017-2018 school year. This effects Varicella , TdaP and MMR primarily
  • The Boston Public Schools requires that students must have immunizations that are up-to-date for school entry at the time they register for school.NOTE: If the child is only 3 years old at the time of registration, he or she is NOT expected to have received the 4-year-old immunizations. However, the child will be required to receive those immunizations once s/he turns 4 and before entering school in September.
  • All new students should bring a copy of their immunizations to the school nurse on the first day of school, even though  a copy was given  to the Welcoming Centers at the time of registration. This ensures that the school nurse has all the information necessary to ensure that the state requirements are being met.

Massachusetts Immunizations for School Entry for 2015-2016

Immunization Abbreviations

  • DTP – Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
  • DTaP – Diphtheria, Tetanus, acellular Pertussis
  • Td – Tetanus, Diphtheria (adult dose) – age 7 and up
  • TDaP – Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Adult)
  • DT – Diphtheria, Tetanus (pediatric) – Only acceptable when DTaP is medically contraindicated
  • MMR – Measles, Mumps, Rubella