• Immunization and Vaccination Information

     

    The start of the school year also marks National Immunization Awareness Month! IDPH is highlighting the importance of getting the required vaccines before the first day of school! Use #VaxToSchool to share why you get vaccines for your child.  The Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Public Health are reminding families and students about the importance of vaccinations. IDPH has launched the #VaxToSchool campaign to encourage families to get their children vaccinated, as Illinois sees a record number of measles cases in recent years. 

    Please find the specific immunization requirements for fall 2019 here. Additional information on vaccinations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is available here. ISBE wishes all of you and your students a safe and healthy return to school.

     #Vax to school Campaign- 

    Immunization Reports and Requirements


    Pertussis Information

    6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students will be required to receive the Tdap vaccination. Please see the attached documents for more information:


    Information About Religious Exemptions to Immunization Requirements

    A new Illinois law requires parents or legal guardians who object, for religious reasons, to their child being immunized for school entrance to submit a Certificate of Religious Exemption, which must be signed by a healthcare provider. This legislation requires a health care provider to sign the certificate confirming they have provided education to the parents or legal guardians about the benefits of immunizations and the health risks of not vaccinating students.

    “Vaccines not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Because vaccines are not always 100 percent effective, it is important that as many people as possible are immunized to decrease the amount of disease circulating and help prevent illness and possibly even death.”