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 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
  43 states
+ DC
50 states
+ DC
3 states 1 state
+ DC
50 states
+ DC
1 state 50* 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 B DTap Hib PCV IPV Flu MMR Varicella Hep A