Back to School Immunizations

Back to School Immunizations
Posted on 06/04/2020
While this school year is coming to a close, it is never too soon to start preparing for the 2020-2021 school year. Please contact your child’s healthcare provider to make an appointment if your child still needs any of the following prior to September:

- A comprehensive physical examination within 12 months prior to the start of school and be adequately immunized before entering public kindergarten or elementary school.

- Other required immunizations include Human Papillomavirus (HPV) for girls entering sixth grade; and a Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (Tdap) booster for entry into seventh grade.

For a full list of school entrance vaccine requirements for the state of Virginia, please see the Virginia Department of Health Guide to Minimum Requirements.

Additional resources are available for families of uninsured and underinsured children or those impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.

- The VDH, Vaccines for Children (VFC) map indicates participating providers for immunizations by region. Parents may contact local clinics directly for information and hours of service.

- The Virginia Community Healthcare Association works with a statewide network of clinics that bill for public and some private insurance. Many clinics provide a sliding scale for those with-out insurance and offer free immunizations in partnership with the VDH.

- The Virginia Association of Free Clinics are independent, nonprofit, volunteer-driven and community-based organizations. Each clinic sets its own eligibility requirements and guidelines, and all must be contacted directly for assistance.

If you have any questions regarding enrollment requirements, including physical and immunization requirements, please contact your child’s school.

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