Last updated on: 7/23/2018 | 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, flu, and Hep A vaccines to enter kindergarten. Connecticut is the only state to require nine vaccinations. 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 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
+ DC
50 states
+ DC
3 states1 state
+ DC
50 states
+ DC
1 state50* states
+DC
50 states
+DC
13 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 BDTapHibPCVIPVFluMMRVaricellaHep A