State-by-State: Vaccinations Required for Public School Kindergarten


Each state (and DC) has its own vaccine requirements to attend public school. This chart details which vaccines are mandated for public school kindergarten entry (as of Aug. 22, 2014) and linked to each state name is a PDF with specific state vaccine requirements for kindergarten as well as vaccine requirements for other grades and, sometimes, college attendance.

As of Aug. 22, 2014, all 50 states and DC require vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis; polio; and measles and rubella (49 states and DC also require mumps vaccination). 48 states and DC require varicella (chickenpox) vaccination (Montana and Pennsylvania do not); and 45 states and DC require hepatitis B vaccination (Alabama, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota do not) to enter kindergarten. Some states require Hib, PCV, flu, and Hep A vaccines to enter kindergarten. Connecticut is the only state to require 9 vaccinations, while Montana has the fewest requirements at three. Many states require more vaccines as the children age, for example West Virginia requires the meningitis vaccine at the CDC-recommended age (11-12 years old).

While reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, do not rely on this information without first checking with your local school or government.
(click vaccine names below for more info on manufacturers, brand names, and ingredients)
Hep B: Hepatitis B DTaP: Diphtheria, Tetanus, & Pertussis Hib: Haemophilus Influenza Type b PCV: Pneumococcal IPV: Polio
Flu: Influenza MMR: Measles, Mumps, & Rubella Varicella: Chickenpox Hep A: Hepatitis A  

----------------Vaccines Required for Public School Kindergarten----------------
Hep B DTaP Hib PCV IPV Flu MMR Varicella Hep A
45 states
+ DC
50 states
+ DC
2 states 1 state
+ DC
50 states
+ DC
1 state 50* states
+DC
48 states
+DC
10 states
+ DC
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
DC
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa *
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming        
*Iowa requires a
measles and a rubella
vaccine, but not a
mumps vaccine.
Hep B DTap Hib PCV IPV Flu MMR Varicella Hep A