Illinois Back-to-School Health Regulations: Vaccines, Physicals, and More

If your child is going to school in the state of Illinois, they are required to meet certain medical requirements, by law. Those laws vary by age. We’ve attempted to break down what your child needs to be “legal” when heading back to school for 2013-2014. There will be free clinics coming up where students can get physicals and vaccine boosters (see info below).

Dental Exams:

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Do your kids have the right medical forms to enter school this fall? We break down what your kids need to enter school in Illinois (and when). Morguefile photo

Illinois law requires schoolchildren entering kindergarten, second and sixth grades to have a dental examination prior to the start of the school year – although yearly dental exams are encouraged for all schoolchildren. Dental exams are due by May 15 of current school year for children in kindergarten, second and sixth grades.


School physical exams/proof of immunizations are required when your child is new to a district, is entering kindergarten, entering sixth grade, and prior to entering ninth grade. Physicals are due by the first day of school.

Vision Exams:

Illinois law requires that proof of an eye examination by an optometrist or physician (such as an ophthalmologist) who provides eye examinations be submitted to the school no later than October 15 of the year the child is first enrolled (typically kindergarten) or as required by the school for other children. The examination must be completed within one year prior to the first day of the school year the child enters the Illinois school system for the first time. The parent of any child who is unable to obtain an examination must submit a waiver form to the school.

Tdap Vaccine: (NEW)

Students in the sixth through 12th grades to show proof of recent pertussis vaccination. The  rule requires that all students entering, advancing, or transferring into sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades show proof of receiving one dose of Tdap vaccine (defined as tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) regardless of the interval since the last DTaP, DT or Td dose. The revised rules align the vaccination requirement with the existing physical examination requirements for students entering 6th grade and ensures that older students receive needed “catch up” vaccinations to reduce the risk of acquiring pertussis (whooping cough). This is particularly important as the increase in pertussis cases among school-aged children and adolescents, which began in 2010, has continued throughout 2012.

Local Resource:
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District in partnership with the Carle Family Medicine Residency Program is offering School Physical and Tdap Vaccination Clinic. School Physicals and Tdap will be required by law, for all students entering 6th-12th grade for the 2013-2014 school year. All students in need of physical and immunization visits are welcome, including kindergarten.

When: July 20, August 24, September 21, October 5 and 12 2013
Where: Champaign-Urbana Public Health District 201 W Kenyon Road, Champaign,
Time: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Pricing and Insurance:
School Physical: Free
Tdap Administration cost: Billed to Medicaid and Health Alliance Insurance (please bring insurance card)
Uninsured and Underinsured: $ 23.87
Other immunizations available upon request. Please bring your child’s immunization records.


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