Immunization Requirements

Massachusetts state law requires that all students attending school must be properly immunized. If there were an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease in school, children lacking appropriate vaccination records would be unable to attend school. Religious and medical exemptions are allowed and need to be documented on a yearly basis. The following are Massachusetts State Immunization Requirements:

For Entrance Into PreKindergarten (K1) (4 year olds)

  • Hepatitis B (3 doses)
  • Dtap, DTP (4 or more doses)
  • Polio (3 or more doses)
  • Hib (1 to 4 doses)
  • MMR (1 dose)
  • Varicella (1 dose)

For Entrance Into Kindergarten (K2)

  • Hepatitis B (3 doses)
  • Dtap/DTP (5 doses)
  • Polio (4 doses)
  • MMR (2 doses)
  • Varicella (2 doses)

For Entrance Into The Seventh Grade

  • Hepatitis B (3 doses)
  • Dtap/DTP (Tdap booster)
  • Polio (4 doses)
  • MMR (2 doses)
  • Varicella (2 doses)
  • While not required, annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all school-aged children.
  • While meningococcal vaccine is required only for all newly enrolled full-time students attending a secondary school with grades 9-12 (in the case of ungraded classrooms, those with students 13 years or older) who will be living in a dormitory or comparable congregate living arrangement licensed or approved by the secondary school, it is recommended for all 11-12 year olds.