State Announces New Immunization Requirements for Virginia Students

In State’s Superintendent’s Memo No. 049-10,the Virginia Department of Education announced that students attendingVirginia public schools have the following four new immunizationrequirements and/or changes for the 2010–11 school year:

• A second dose of varicella vaccine is required before entering kindergarten.
• A second dose of mumps vaccine is required before entering kindergarten.
• Four doses of polio vaccine are required, with one dose beingadministered after age four, for all children enrolling in school(K–12).
• Four doses of DTaP vaccine are required, with one dose beingadministered after age four, for all children enrolling in school(K–12).

Parents are responsible for providing documentation that all requiredimmunizations are up-to-date, completed, or that a medical or religiousexemption has been obtained. Immunization requirements for a child toenroll or attend public school in Virginia are outlined in the Virginia Department of Health’s School & Day Care Minimum Immunization Requirements.