Last updated on: 8/20/2020 | Author: ProCon.org

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 July 18, 2018) 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 July 18, 2018, all 50 states and DC require vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis; polio; measles and rubella (49 states and DC also require mumps vaccination); and the varicella (chickenpox) vaccination. 43 states and DC require hepatitis B vaccination (Alabama, Illinois, Maine, Montana, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Texas do not) to enter kindergarten. Some states require Hib, PCV, and Hep A vaccines to enter kindergarten. As of Aug. 19, 2020, Massachusetts is the first and only state to require the flu vaccine. 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).

(click vaccine names below for more info on manufacturers, brand names, and ingredients)

Hep B: Hepatitis BDTaP: Diphtheria, Tetanus, & PertussisHib: Haemophilus Influenza Type bPCV: PneumococcalIPV: Polio
Flu: InfluenzaMMR: Measles, Mumps, & RubellaVaricella: ChickenpoxHep A: Hepatitis A

Vaccines Required for Public School Kindergarten

 Hep BDTaPHibPCVIPVFluMMRVaricellaHep A
43 states & DC50 states & DC3 states1 state & DC50 states & DC1 state50 * states & DC50 states & DC13 states & DC
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
DC
Delaware
Florida
Hep BDTaPHibPCVIPVFluMMRVaricellaHep A
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa*
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Hep BDTaPHibPCVIPVFluMMRVaricellaHep A
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
Hep BDTaPHibPCVIPVFluMMRVaricellaHep A
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Hep BDTaPHibPCVIPVFluMMRVaricellaHep A
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
Hep BDTaPHibPCVIPVFluMMRVaricellaHep A

*Iowa requires a measles and a rubella vaccine, but not a mumps vaccine.

Source for 2020 Massachusetts flu vaccine requirement: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, “Flu Vaccine Now Required for All Massachusetts School Students Enrolled in Child Care, Pre-School, K-12, and Post-Secondary Institutions,” mass.gov, Aug. 19, 2020