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Immunization

State Requirements

Vaccines

School Immunization Law (20-A MRSA 6352-6358) requires students in Maine be vaccinated with the following vaccines:
  • Diphtheria/Pertussis/Tetanus: Five doses of any DPT containing vaccine or DT (Pediatric). If the fourth dose was administered on or after the fourth birthday, then only four doses are required.

    Center for Disease Control - DTaP Vaccine [Exit Site]

  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella: Two doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine with the first dose administered > 12 months of age.

    Center for Disease Control - MMR Vaccine [Exit Site]

  • Polio: Four doses of inactivated polio vaccine. The final dose in the IPV series should have been administered after the 4th birthday. If the third dose is given on or after the fourth birthday, then only three doses are required.

    Center for Disease Control - Polio Vaccine [Exit Site]

  • Varicella (Chickenpox): One dose of varicella vaccine or reliable history of disease. Children 13 years old and older with no history of chickenpox or vaccination should receive 2 doses of varicella given at least 4 weeks apart.

    Center for Disease Control - Chicken Pox [Exit Site]
Note: Each immunization entry must include vaccine type, date administered, and the name of the provider.

Compliance

To comply with the Maine State Immunization Law your child must have one of the following in place to attend school:
  • A copy of child’s complete immunization records

  • An annual physician’s statement that immunizations cannot be given

  • A confirmed appointment to receive the required immunizations

  • An annual signed exemption due to religious or philosophical reasons
Note: In the event of an outbreak of any disease for which your child’s immunizations are not complete, he/she will be excluded from school and school activities. The exclusion will be in effect until the Maine Center for Disease Control determines that it is safe for return to school.

Additional Information

Tdap (diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus vaccine for adolescents and adults) is not a school required vaccine. However, pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease and a high number of pertussis cases have been reported in Maine and around the country. Therefore the Tdap vaccine is strongly recommended by the CDC at age 11 or 12. The CDC also recommends the meningococcal vaccination at age 11 or 12 to prevent meningococcal meningitis which is a very serious potentially fatal disease.