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Immunization Requirements for 6th Grade


The Kentucky Department for Public Health has revised the immunization requirements in 902 KAR 2:060 and the requirements will become effective July 1, 2011. This change requires additional immunizations and updated forms. The additional vaccines required are listed below: (effective July 1, 2011) For sixth grade entry, age eleven (11) or twelve (12) years or older a child shall have received: (a) One (1) dose of Tdap if it has been at least two (2) years since the administration of the last dose of tetanus-containing vaccine; (b) Two (2) doses of varicella, unless a healthcare provider states that the child has had a diagnosis of typical varicella disease or verification of a history of varicella disease by a healthcare provider or a diagnosis or herpes zoster disease or verification of a history of herpes zoster disease by a healthcare provider; (c) One (1) dose of MCV or MPSV (meningococcal vaccine) Your physician should issue a new, complete Kentucky Immunization Certificate (updated version) with all vaccines recorded. PHYSICAL EXAM REQUIREMENTS A Kentucky Preventative Health Care Examination Form is required for all students entering 6th grade. This exam may be completed up to one (1) year prior to entry into 6th grade.




So basically, this means that to enter 6th grade students will need to have received 3 shots (unless they have not turned 11 yet, then they will have to get them after their birthday).


1. Tdap (tetanus booster)

2. 2nd Varicella (chicken pox), unless there is physician documentation that student has had chicken pox

3. Meningococcal vaccine (also called Menactra)

Transfer Students From Other Kentucky Counties or States Must Have:

  • A physical exam within 12 months prior to initial admission to a Kentucky school.
  • All immunizations (with all previous dates) must be up to date and recorded on a Kentucky immunization certificate. You may check with the local health department (Marshall County Health Department, phone 270-527-1496) or school nurses to have immunizations placed on a Kentucky certificate.
  • Vision exams by an ophthalmologist preferably recorded on a Kentucky Eye Exam Form.