Changes to Pennsylvania immunization law 2018 include:
Reduction of the immunization provisional period from 8 months to 5 days: In the past, students could begin school in September if they had at least one dose of each required immunization in a series and were given an 8 month provisional period to complete the series. The provisional period has been reduced to 5 days. If additional doses are required and are medically appropriate within the first five days of school, the child must have the next dose AND a medical certificate setting out the schedule for the remainder of doses. Students who do not have the next dose of a required series AND the medical certificate outlining the schedule for the remainder of the series on opening of school will be excluded on September 13, 2018 until the requirements are met. The medical certificate must be signed by a physician, certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP) or physician assistant (PA). Exemptions to the immunization requirements remain the same and include religious/philosophical exemption signed by parent/ guardian, medical exemption signed by physician, CRNP or PA, homelessness or transfer from another school. Students who transfer to LMSD from another school have 30 days to comply.
Please contact the School Nurse if you have questions about immunization requirements.