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Immunization Requirements for Child Care and School

Preschool children.

Your state may require children entering child care or school to be vaccinated against certain diseases. Check with your child's doctor, your child's school, or your health department to learn about your state requirements.

The CDC does not set immunization requirements for schools or child care centers. Instead, each state decides which immunizations are required for your child's enrollment and attendance at a child care facility or school in that state.

Immunization requirements and allowable exemptions may vary by state, and they may be updated and changed regularly.

  • Talk to a staff member to learn what vaccines are required at the school or child care facility in which you would like to enroll your child. They will be able to provide you with specific information about their requirements.
  • If you would like to know your state's immunization requirements, contact your State's Immunization Program or Department of Health
  • CDC also has a tool to help find more information about your State's school vaccination requirements. (Select your state under "Grantee" options, your child's level [childcare, kindergarten, middle school, or university/college], and click "Get Results" to view your state vaccination requirements.)

 

 

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