Regional School Unit 40

Immunization Requirements for School Admission

Keeping Your Child Healthy

Vaccines are a safe and inexpensive way to provide long lasting protection against certain diseases which may cause permanent mental or physical damage to your child.

Maine State Law requires that all school children in Kindergarten through the twelfth grade be protected against polio, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus (lock jaw), measles, rubella (German measles), mumps, chicken pox and meningococcal.  Before registering for school, all children must present an immunization record signed by the physician, nurse, or health official who gave the vaccine.  The record must show the date (month, day and year) and type of vaccine given.

The following represents minimal requirements only for students in grades K through 12. Pre-Kindergartern immunization requirements differ from below. Parents are urged to consult with their family physician or public health agency regarding additional doses and types of vaccine that are recommended.
5 doses of DPT/DT/Dtap (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus) vaccine
4 doses of IPV/OPV (Polio) vaccine
2 doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine
Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine or proof from physician of actual disease

1 dose of Tdap booster (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) vaccine and 1 dose of Meningococcal is required for children prior to entering 7th grade.

2 doses of Meningococcal are required for children entering 12th grade.

If immunization against one or more of the diseases is determined to be medically inadvisable, the parent must present to the school a physician's written statement to that effect, at the time of registration to school.  If the statement does not include all diseases, the child must meet the immunization/immunity requirements for the other diseases.

To demonstrate that a child is immune to any of the diseases, the parent must present the school with laboratory evidence demonstrating immunity at the time of registration.


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