Immunization Requirements

  • Iowa law requires student verification of proper immunizations against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella to enroll in school. At least one dose of each immunization must be given before starting school. If your child has not received all of the following immunizations, you will need to work with the school nurse and their health care provider to set up a “catch-up” schedule. 

    7th Grade Immunization Requirements

    • Meningococcal Vaccine
      Seventh-grade students are required to have a meningococcal vaccine (to prevent meningitis, a bacteria that infects the brain, blood, and spinal cord). According to state law, students who have not received the immunization will not meet the mandatory immunization requirement, and no grace period to catch up will be given.
          
    • Tdap Vaccine
      Seventh-grade students are REQUIRED to have a Tdap booster (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis/whooping cough). Your student may have already received these shots during their regular physical exam.   

    12th Grade Immunization Requirements

    • Meningococcal Vaccine
      Students entering 12th grade will need proof of two doses of meningococcal (A, C W, Y) vaccine, or one dose if received when the student was 16 years of age or older. According to state law, students who have not received at least one dose of the vaccine will not meet the mandatory immunization requirement, and no grace period to catch up will be given.    

    Please contact your child’s health care provider to make an appointment for vaccinations. Johnson County Public Health (JCPH) also provides low- or no-cost immunizations to children without insurance, on Medicaid or Hawki, or with other barriers to services. Contact JCPH Clinical Services at (319) 356-6042 for more information.

    For a full explanation of immunization requirements, see the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Immunization Law and You brochure.