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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.
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap): Effective for the start of school year 2017, 1 dose of Tdap vaccine is required for children entering 7th grade. 

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

  • 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.
For vaccine information, please visit the following website:
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/immunization/family/documents/immunization-requirements-for-school-children.pdf

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

 The CDC recommends the meningococcal vaccination at age 11 or 12 to prevent meningococcal meningitis which is a very serious potentially fatal disease.