Immunization Requirements for Students

 

This information is being shared with parents to highlight Colorado school immunization requirements as we approach the new school year.

Colorado legislation 6 CCR 1009-2(a) requires students attending Colorado Schools to be immunized or to have an exemption on file. The Colorado Board of Health determines immunization requirements for child cares and schools to protect school environments and the health of student populations.

 

. The following vaccines are required for school attendance and must follow the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (AICP) minimum intervals and ages. These recommendations have not changed from last year.

 

  • Children in child care and preschool are required to receive DTaP (Diptheria, tetanus and Pertusis), IPV (Polio), Hepatitis B , MMR (Measles, Mumps and Ruebella), Varicella,(Chicken pox), Hib (Hepatitis B) and PCV13 (Pneumonia) at the recommended ages.

 

  • Kindergarten entry requirements include final doses of DTaP, IPV, MMR and Varicella.

 

  • Students entering 6th grade are required to receive Tdap vaccine.

 

– For students who may not have turned 11 years of age when entering 6th grade, the health care provider can administer Tdap vaccine or may choose to wait until adolescent vaccine visit at 11 years of age. If the Tdap is not received before school starts, the student will be considered “in-process”. An appointment is made for the student, and the parent should provide written documentation to the school verifying the scheduled appointment date.

Parents unable or unwilling to obtain the required immunizations for their child will be required to submit a medical or non-medical exemption in order for their student to attend a Colorado child care or school: www.colorado.gov/vaccineexemption.

If you have questions regarding the ACIP schedule, please call the Colorado Immunization Branch at 303-692-2700 and ask for the immunization nurse on-call.

If you have questions regarding the school immunization law or the Colorado Board of Health immunization rules, please contact Jamie D’Amico, RN, MSN, CNS at 303-692- 2957 or jamie.damico@state.co.us.

Parents unable or unwilling to obtain the required immunizations for their child will be required to submit a medical or non-medical exemption in order for their student to attend a Colorado child care or school: www.colorado.gov/vaccineexemption.

If you have questions regarding the ACIP schedule, please call the Colorado Immunization Branch at 303-692-2700 and ask for the immunization nurse on-call.

If you have questions regarding the school immunization law or the Colorado Board of Health immunization rules, please contact Jamie D’Amico, RN, MSN, CNS at 303-692- 2957 or jamie.damico@state.co.us.

Thank you,

Lynn Trefren, RN, MSN

Colorado Immunization Branch

303-692-6342

lynn.trefren@state.co.us

 

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