Required immunizations for students headed back to school

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- It's that time of the year to start getting your kids ready to head back-to-school. Part of the process includes making sure your kids have the right immunizations.

The Knox County Health Department recommends parents bring their kids in now because it gets busier the closer it gets to first day of school.

"If people come new to Tennessee or they come or they want a state immunization certificate we need their shot record so it's important for them especially if they're new to Tennessee to bring us their shot record so they can then turn around and print out a new certificate for them," said Dr. Kelly Cooper, Dir. of Clinical Services at the KCHD.

Children entering preschool, kindergarten, 7th grade or if they're enrolling in a Tennessee school for the first time should receive immunizations listed below.

The Knox County Health Department gives immunization requirements by grade:

Day care, Pre-school or Pre-kindergarten

(Infants entering child care facilities must be up to date at the time of enrollment and are required to provide an updated certificate after completing all of the required vaccines due no later than 18 months of age.)

Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP, or DT if appropriate)
Poliomyelitis (IPV or OPV)
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (1 dose of each, normally given together as MMR)
Varicella (1 dose or credible history of disease)
Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) – age younger than 5 years only
Hepatitis B (HBV)
Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) – age younger than 5 years only
Hepatitis A – 1 dose, required by 18 months of age or older

Kindergarten
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP, or DT if appropriate)
Hepatitis B (HBV)
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (2 doses of each, usually given together as MMR)
Poliomyelitis (IPV or OPV) – final dose on or after the 4th birthday
Varicella (2 doses or history of disease)
Hepatitis A (total of 2 doses, spaced at least 6 months apart)

Seventh Grade
Tetanus-diptheria-pertusis booster (Tdap)
Verification of immunity to varicella (2 doses or credible history of disease)

New Students to Tennessee Schools
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP, or DT if appropriate)
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (2 doses of each, normally given together as MMR)
Poliomyelitis (IPV or OPV) (final dose on or after the 4th birthday)
Varicella (2 doses or credible history of disease)
Hepatitis B (HBV)
New students entering grades other than 7th grade are not required to have Tdap.

Knox County Schools start on August 8. Other school start dates can be found here.