Trish Curley, LPN
Northbridge Staff Nurse

New Pennsylvania Immunization Requirements

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has updated regulations for the 2017-2018 school year. Students will be permitted five days to provide documentation of immunizations. If documentation is not submitted within five days of school attendance, students will be excluded from school and subject to truancy proceedings.*


North Penn School District will be holding immunization clinics to support you in getting your child the required vaccines. Clinics will be held at North Penn High School at 1240 S. Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, PA at the following dates/times:

June 13th, 2017: 5:00 - 8:00 pm
August 14th, 2017: 5:00 - 8:00 pm
July 13th, 2017: 5:00 - 8:00 pm
August 22nd, 2017: 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Most private insurances cover 100% of the cost of recommended childhood vaccines (preventative medicine). The health care provider will bill health insurance providers at no cost to you. Your child's health insurance coverage will be confirmed prior to receiving the vaccine. If your child is uninsured or under-insured, vaccines will be provided to them through a federally-funded program.

If you plan to attend the clinic, please register online at:


Children in ALL grades (K-12) need the following vaccines:

• 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis - usually given as DTP or DTaP or DT or Td (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)

• 4 doses of polio (4th dose on or after 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given - A 4th dose not necessary if the 3rd dose was administered at age • 4 years or older and at least 6 months after the previous dose

• 2 doses of measles, mumps, rubella - usually given as MMR

• 3 doses of hepatitis B

• 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity

7th Grade ADDITIONAL immunization requirements for entry**:

• 1 dose meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)

• 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis(Tdap) [if five years have elapsed since last tetanus immunization]

12th Grade ADDITIONAL immunization requirement for entry**:

• An additional second dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)

* The only exemptions to the school laws for immunizations are medical reasons, religious beliefs, or philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction. If your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be removed from school during an outbreak.

** The vaccines required for entrance, 7th and 12th grade continue to be required in each succeeding school year.

*Reminders: All Updated 11th Grade Physical Form will be due to the Health Suite on October 15th. Dental Forms for 7th Grade are due to the Health Suite. Please See the District Handbook for further information at www.npenn.org.