Immunizations, also known as vaccines are one of our greatest defenses against many serious illnesses. The Illinois Department of Public Health’s Immunization Section conducts programs and initiatives designed to make sure each child in your family has up-to-date immunizations.
Beginning fall of 2013, all students entering, transferring, or advancing into 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades will be required to show proof of receipt of one dose of Tdap vaccine (containing tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis). Most students may have already received the vaccine and simply need to provide the school with verifying documentation from the family health care provider. See attached letters and posters for more information.
Illinois state law requires certain immunizations for children and adults enrolled in child care, school, or college. State law also mandates immunizations for adults in specific fields of work (healthcare).
K-12 School Immunization Requirements
Child Health Examination Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code 665)
College Immunization Requirements
Health Care Employee Vaccination Code
Mercury-Free Vaccine Act
The following resources are provided for additional information on immunizations and vaccine safety.
Vaccines.gov - USHHS
IDPH Immunization Program
CDC Immunizations Hotline: 800-232-4636
of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
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