Entry Requirements and Immunizations


Massachusetts School Immunization Requirements for School Year 2016-2017

School Immunization Law, Chapter 76, Section 15 of the General Laws of the State of Massachusetts requires that all immunizations must be up to date for children to attend school according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations. Massachusetts General Law allows for the school district to exclude children from school whose immunizations are not up to date.

• A certified record of immunizations from your child’s physician(s) is required for entry into school.
• All immunization records must be provided in English and include full dates.
• Immunizations are audited by the school nurses. In the event of missing or incorrect information, your prompt attention in addressing the error/omission is imperative to assure compliance with state law.  

Grades 7-12
Hepatitis B-3 doses  
DTaP/DTP/DT/ Td/Tdap-4 doses DTaP/DTP or ≥3 doses Td; Plus 1 dose Tdap 
Polio-≥3 doses
Hib-n/a
MMR-2 doses 
Varicella-2 doses or a reliable history of chickenpox.
Meningococcal-1 dose for new full-time residential students

College
Hepatitis B-3 doses for all health science students and full- time undergraduate and graduate students
DTaP/DTP/DT/ Td/Tdap-1 dose Tdap for all health science students and full-time undergraduate and graduate students
Polio-n/a
Hib-n/a
MMR-2 doses for all health science students and full-time undergraduate and graduate students 
Varicella-2 doses or a reliable history of chickenpox for all health science students and full-time undergraduate and graduate students
Meningococcal-1 dose for full-time residential students

For more information, see Department of Public Health Massachusetts School Immunization Requirements for School Year 2016-2017

Physical Examination Requirements

School Entrance: A physical exam within 1 year is required.
Updated Physical Exams: One updated physical is required during middle school (Suggested in 6th grade as students entering grade 7 are required to receive a Tetanus booster) and one during high school (suggested in 10 th grade). 
Athletic Examinations: A documented physical examination is required for all students annually to be eligible to participate in sports at the high school level.  See Physical Exams for more information.