Immunization Requirements for School Year 2024-2025

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Immunization requirements and recommendations for the 2024-2025 school year are based on the Advisory Committee on
Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations.

The current recommended and minimum interval immunization schedules may be found on the CDC webpage. The best disease prevention
is achieved by adhering to the recommended schedule. However, if a child falls behind, the catch-up schedule is
implemented. To avoid missed opportunities, immunization providers may use a 4-day grace period, in most instances, per
age and interval between doses. In such cases, these doses may be counted as valid

K.S.A. 72 – 6261 – Kansas Statutes Related to School Immunizations Requirements and K.A.R. 28-1-20,published
July,18, 2019 in the Kansas Register, definesthe immunizationsrequired forschool and early childhood
program attendance.

• Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP/Tdap): Five doses required. Doses should be given at 2 months, 4
months, 6 months, 15-18 months, and 4-6 years (prior to kindergarten entry). The 4th dose may be given as
early as 12 months of age, if at least 6 months have elapsed since dose 3. The 5th dose is not necessary if the
4th dose was administered at age 4 years or older. A dose of Tdap is required at entry to 7th grade (11-12 years).

• Hepatitis A (Hep A): Two doses required. Doses should be given at 12-23 months with a minimum
interval of 6 months between the 1st and 2nd dose.

• Hepatitis B (Hep B): Three doses required. Doses should be given at birth, 1-2 months, and 6-18 months. Minimum age
for the final dose is 24 weeks.

• Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR): Two doses required. Doses should be given at 12-15 months and
4-6 years (prior to kindergarten entry). Minimum age is 12 months and interval between doses may be as short
as 28 days.

• Meningococcal-Serogroup A,C,W,Y (MenACWY): Two doses required. Doses should be given at entry to 7th
grade (11-12 years) and 11th grade (16-18 years). For children 16-18 years, with no previous MenACWY, only
one dose is required.

• Poliomyelitis(IPV/tOPV): Four doses required. Doses should be given at 2 months, 4 months, 6-18 months, and
4-6 years (prior to kindergarten entry). Three doses are acceptable if 3rd dose was given after 4 years of age and at
least 6 months have elapsed since dose 2.

• Varicella (Chickenpox): Two doses are required. Doses should be given at 12-15 months and 4-6 years (prior to
kindergarten entry). The 2nd dose may be administered as early as 3 months after the 1st dose, however, a dose
administered after a 4-week interval is considered valid. No doses are required when student has history of
varicella disease documented by a licensed physician.

Legal alternatives to school vaccination requirements are found in K.S.A. 72-6262.
In addition, to the immunizations required for school entry the following vaccines are recommended to protect students:
• Human Papillomavirus(HPV): Two dosesrecommended at 11 years of age or three doses if the series is started after
15 years.

• Influenza and COVID-19: Annual vaccination recommended for all ages > 6 months of age.

Vaccination efforts by school and public health officials, immunization providers, and parents are key to the success of
protecting our children and communitiesfromvaccine preventable diseases

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