Back to School ImmunizationsBe Healthy
Summer is filled with all kinds of fun and activities. To make certain your child is protected,
you use sunscreen, seat belts, and protective sports gear. There is another type of important
protection – vaccination!
To protect your child and other children, make sure they have all the vaccines they need
before starting school. In Utah, kindergartners, teenagers and children in child care facilities
need certain immunizations to attend school or early childhood programs.
In Utah, the current requirements for school entry include such vaccines as Diphtheria,
Tetanus and Pertussis (DTaP); Polio; Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR); Chickenpox, Hepatitis
A, Hepatitis B.
Most vaccine preventable diseases occur in children less than six years of age, but can also
occur in teens.
For children entering 7th grade, Tdap and Meningococcal are also required. The HPV vaccine is
not required for school, however is recommended to prevent against future HPV-related
cancers. It is recommended at age 11-12 for boys and girls.
Utah allows three different exemptions: religious, medical, and personal. However, in our
recent outbreaks, the majority of individuals infected occurred in populations with large
percentages of personal exemptions. So, while the option is available, the choice not to
immunize should be made with much consideration and discretion.
Schools are also monitored for student absences to detect any diseases trends that may
occur during the influenza season. Make sure your child is protected against influenza during
the influenza season.
Most importantly, if your child is sick, keep your child home from school until they are no
longer infectious. This will help protect other children from getting sick.
The Utah Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program is available to help families with the cost of
vaccines. Low-cost or no-cost vaccines are available for children under the age of 19, if they
qualify for the program. Families can receive these vaccines at any local public health
department, community health center, or participating healthcare provider.
For more information, contact your healthcare provider, local or tribal health department,
or the Utah Immunization Hotline at 1–800-275-0659.