Immunizations Made Simple for Illinois Schoolchildren
We’re not really sure what this year will look like for school children and their families in and around Champaign-Urbana. But one thing we do know: depending on their age, many students will still need to meet a variety of health requirements, from physicals to immunizations.
Requirements vary based on what grade your child is entering. Here’s what you’ll need to know about immunizations to make sure your child is ready for the 2020-21 school year.
Note: some schools require that students going into Pre-K, kindergarten, grades 6, 9, and 12 must submit the state required immunization records as listed below before they will be allowed to enter school. Check with your district to be sure of the date.
Thank you to Christie Clinic for presenting our 2020 Champaign-Urbana Area Back to School series.
Christie Clinic is encouraging parents to schedule a school physical soon.
Starting school physical appointments now will allow Christie Clinic Department of Pediatrics and Department of Family Medicine to best serve all patients while maintaining a safe visit environment. Enhanced precautions are in place to keep patients and team members safe including additional hours, visitor restrictions and social distancing to reduce the number of people in our facilities.
Parents can currently make back-to-school appointments for their children through their MyChristie patient portal or online at christieclinic.com.
Part 1 — Back to School: School Physicals Required for Illinois Schoolchildren
Part 2 — Back to School: Immunizations Required for Illinois Schoolchildren
Part 3 — Back to School: Champaign-Urbana Area School Registration Information
Part 4 — Back to School: Champaign-Urbana Area School Start Dates
The State of Illinois requires vaccinations to protect children from a variety of diseases before they can enter school. Students must show proof of immunization against up to 12 vaccine-preventable diseases (the number and schedule of these vaccinations depend on a student’s grade and age).
More information about minimum immunization requirements for Illinois can be found here.
A meningitis vaccine is now administered to protect students against a severe form of bacterial meningitis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all children ages 11-15 years old receive MCV4 vaccine for meningitis, and a one-time booster preferably administered at age 16 through 18 years, before the peak in increased risk.
As of August 2015, that vaccination became required for students entering sixth and 12th grade in the State of Illinois.
Here is a summary of State of Illinois immunization requirements by grade:
Pre-K: Immunization records that reflect the following:
- 4 doses Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis
- 3 doses Polio
- 1 dose MMR
- 3 doses Hepatitis B
- 4 doses Hib titer
- 1 dose Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine
- Pneumococcal series, or one dose after age 2
Kindergarten: Immunization records that reflect the following:
- 4 or more doses Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis – most recent must be dated after 4 years of age
- 4 or more doses Polio – most recent must be dated after 4 years of age
- 2 doses MMR
- 4 doses Hib titer (not required after fifth birthday)
- 2 doses Varicella vaccine – first on or after first birthday, second no less than 28 days later
Grade 6: Immunizations as per kindergarten requirements listed above, plus
- Proof of having received a Tdap booster
- Proof of having received one Meningococcal vaccine
- Proof of having received 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine (or 2 doses between ages 11-15)
Grade 12: Immunizations as per grade 6 requirements listed above, plus
- Proof of having received 2 doses of Meningococcal Vaccine with the second after age 16
All students who are new to a district in any grade will be required to provide complete immunization records.