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IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILDREN ATTENDING LICENSED DAY CARE FACILITIES IN IDAHO

SCHOOL ENTRY  
Immunization Requirement by Age Doses of Vaccines Required
Children born on or before September 1, 1999
must have a minimum of:
(4) Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)
(1) Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
(3) Polio
(3) Hepatitis B
Children born after September 1, 1999 through September 1, 2005
must have a minimum of:
(5) Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)2
(2) Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
(3) Polio
(3) Hepatitis B
Children born after September 1, 20051
must have a minimum of:
(5) Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)2
(2) Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
(4) Polio3
(3) Hepatitis B
(2) Varicella (Chickenpox)4
(2) Hepatitis A
7th Grade  
Children admitted to 7th grade
must meet the following minimum immunization requirements in addition to school entry requirements:
Children admitted to 7th grade must meet the following minimum immunization requirements in addition to school entry requirements:
1- Preschool children need only be age-appropriately immunized with the required vaccines.
2- DTaP: The 5th dose is not necessary if the 4th dose was administered at age 4 years or older.
3- Polio: The 4th dose is not necessary if the 3rd dose was administered at age 4 years or older and at least 6 months after previous dose.
4- Varicella: History of chickenpox disease documented by a physician or licensed health care professional meets the requirement.
7th Grade Requirement: This requirement will be extended to: 7th-8th grade students in 2012, 7th-9th grade students in 2013, 7th-10th grade students in 2014, 7th-11th grade students in 2015, and 7th-12th grade students in 2016.
EXEMPTIONS: Idaho law allows a parent/guardian to claim an exemption from immunization requirements for their child for medical, religious, or personal reasons. All exemptions must be documented on the official State of Idaho form provided by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Immunization Program. A medical exemption requires the signature of a licensed physician and certification that the child has a medical condition which prevents him or her from receiving required vaccinations. The law does not allow parents/guardians to claim an exemption because the shot record is lost or incomplete, or because it is too much trouble to contact the physician or clinic and obtain a copy. Schools should maintain an up-to-date list of pupils with exemptions so they can be excluded quickly if an outbreak occurs.

All children must present a valid immunization record to school officials, unless exempted. 

What is it? A valid immunization record is an electronic medical health record, an immunization registry document, or a written immunization certificate confirmed (signed, stamped, or provided on official letterhead) by a licensed health care professional which states the month, day, and year of each immunization a child has received.  A record with check marks instead of dates or saying only “up-to-date,” “all requirements met,” or “series complete” is inadequate and may not be accepted. The record must show that all required vaccine doses have been received and minimum ages and intervals have been met. Laboratory proof of immunity to a disease for which a vaccine is required is valid and meets the requirement for that disease. For varicella, a statement by a licensed health care professional indicating the child has had chickenpox disease meets the requirement.

Who must present it? The parent/guardian of a child in preschool and grades K-12 must present proof of immunization status to the school official.  Effective with the 2011-2012 school year, students entering 7th grade must present a record documenting that 7th grade immunization requirements have been met. This requirement will be extended to: 7th-8th grade students in 2012, 7th-9th grade students in 2013, 7th-10th grade students in 2014, 7th-11th grade students in 2015, and 7th-12th grade students in 2016. 

When must it be presented? The parent/guardian must present the proof of immunization status at the time of registration and before attendance for a child entering or transferring into preschool and grades K-12. Students entering 7th grade must present proof of meeting immunization requirements before entry into the 7th grade.

What do schools do with it? School staff must carefully review the record to ensure that all requirements have been met and must retain a hardcopy of the record on file at the school.


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