ImmunizationsArizona State law ARS 15-871-874 requires that a complete, up-to-date immunization record be furnished by the parent prior to enrolling a child in school. Verification for all immunizations must include the child’s name, birth date, type of vaccine, date of vaccine, and name of doctor/agency administering vaccine. Records must be signed or stamped by the agency providing the immunizations. The record should include the month, day, and year of your child’s immunizations A previous school record is also acceptable (does not include preschools). Record must be provided before school starts as children will be excluded from school without proof of immunizations. Please inform the health office staff at your child’s school of any immunizations received during the year so the immunization records can be kept up-to-date.The immunization requirements for a child entering a Kyrene school including preschool are:
- DTaP/DTP/DT: Four-five does at least one dose at 4 years of age or older is required. A 6th dose is needed if 5 doses have been give before 4 years of age.
- TdaP - 6th, 7th & 8th grades: One (1) Tdap dose is required for students in grades 6 through 8 who are 11 years and older and have had 5 years pass since their last DTaP/Td dose.
- Polio: Four doses properly spaced, unless third dose was received after fourth birthday.
- MMR: Two doses after the age of 12 months, at least one month apart.
- Hepatitis A: Two doses required for Preschool and Day Care up to age 6.
- Hepatitis B: Three doses, properly spaced.
- Varicella: One dose (after 12 months old) is given before 13 years old. Two (2) doses will be given if the first dose was at 13 years of age or later.
- Meningococcal vaccine: One dose is required for students in grades 6 through 8 who are 11 years and older.
Arizona school immunization requirements can be found on the Arizona Department of Health Services website.
Arizona law ARS § 15-872 provides exemptions from immunization requirements for the following:
- Medical reasons - permanent or temporary
- Personal beliefs (does not apply to preschool)
- Documentation of adequate immunity
Although the law allows exemptions, if an outbreak of any of the diseases covered by required immunizations occurs, the Maricopa County Health Department may require that children who are not immunized be excluded from school for the duration of the outbreak.
For this year's Arizona school entry vaccine requirements, for preschool visit azdhs.gov/childcare-preschool,and for grades K-12, visit azdhs.gov/school-immunization-requirements