Immunizations Required Prior to the Start of School
As the 2020-2021 school year approaches, the Missouri Bureau of Immunizations has confirmed that they will not be issuing waivers or accepting delays regarding the required immunizations because of COVID-19. Students will still be expected to have received all required immunizations prior to attending school in August (July 13 for Crestview and Winnwood).
Physician offices are seeing patients for well-child visits and many local health departments are available for immunizations by appointment. North Kansas City Schools will also host an Immunization Clinic on July 23 at Oak Park High School in cooperation with the Clay County Public Health Center. This will be primarily for 8th and 12th grade students. More information will be shared soon. The Missouri Immunization Requirements are listed below.
Incoming Kindergarten Students
4+ DPT – the last one received after the 4y/o birthday
3+ IPV (Polio) – the last one received after the 4y/o birthday
2 MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) – the first one received on or after the first birthday
Hepatitis B – a series of 3+ shots given at specified intervals
2 Varicella – the first one received on or after the first birthday
8th Grade Students
1 Tdap – must contain pertussis vaccine
1 MCV (Meningococcal Conjugate) – dose must be given after 10 years of age
12th Grade Students
MCV – Two doses of MCV are required unless the first dose was administered to a student who was 16 years of age or older, in which case only one dose is required. At least one dose must be given after 16 years of age.
For more information, you may also visit the DHSS site: https://health.mo.gov/living/wellness/immunizations/pdf/2021schoolrequirements.pdf
Religious (Imm.P.11A) and Medical (Imm.P.12) exemptions are allowed. The original appropriate exemption card must be on file with your child’s school. These cards are available only through the local health department or a licensed medical provider office. Unimmunized children are subject to exclusion from school when outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases occur.
Please make every attempt to obtain all required immunizations as soon as possible so they are completed prior to your child’s first day of school. Once completed, please provide a copy of the immunizations received to the nurse at your child’s school.
Please contact Shannon Tilsworth if you have any concerns or questions.
Shannon K. Tilsworth, BSN, RN
Health Services Coordinator