6th Grade Immunization RequirementsThe Washington State Board of Health adopted changes to the immunization requirements for students entering the sixth grade beginning in the 2007-2008 school year that includes both the new Tdap and Varicella vaccinations.
A new vaccine that can protect adolescents against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) was licensed in 2005. Beginning July 1, 2007, children attending 6th grade are required to show proof of Tdap vaccination if it has been five years since receiving a DTaP or Td vaccine and they are at least 11 years of age . Therefore, if the last shots your child received were before school entry, your child will need to receive this shot before the first day of 6th grade.
In addition, state law now requires all students to either have a Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine, have had the disease, or show evidence of immunity through serological testing before entering 6th grade.
Please be aware that your child may not be assigned to a sixth grade classroom until the new requirements are met. You may contact the Elementary School Office to obtain the required documentation form or click below to print a copy that can be submitted by mail (you must have a .pdf reader program to open this document).
Last Modified on June 28, 2013