Find out what you need to know about immunizations for Illinois students
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 2022-23 school year.
Some schools require that students going into Pre-K, kindergarten, grades 6 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. All students who are new to a district in any grade will be required to provide complete immunization records.
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- After Sept. 1, 2022, Champaign Unit 4 students not in compliance with the immunization requirements will not be allowed to attend school.
- Urbana School District 116 requires immunization requirements for students be satisfied at the start of the school year or students will not be allowed to attend school.
- In Mahomet-Seymour schools, all students must submit required immunization records as listed below before they will be allowed to attend school.
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, including number of required doses and their timing, can be found here. A summary of State of Illinois immunization requirements by grade follows:
Pre-K: Immunization records that reflect the following, with required number/spacing of doses
- MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
- Hepatitis B
- Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
- Varicella (chicken pox)
- Pneumococcal series
Kindergarten: Immunization records showing the following additional doses
- MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
- Varicella vaccine
Grade 6: Immunizations as per kindergarten requirements listed above, plus
- (Hepatitis B, if not received previously)
- Tdap booster
- one dose Meningococcal vaccine
Grade 12: Immunizations as per grade 6 requirements listed above, plus
- 2 doses Meningococcal Vaccine with the second after age 16 (only one dose required if the first dose was received after the age of 16)
Exemptions to vaccination requirements
- Religious: Parents/Guardians requesting religious exemptions from health requirements must complete the required form along with their child’s healthcare provider.
- Medical: If your child has a physical condition that prevents adherence to the vaccination schedule, their healthcare provider should indicate this on a physical examination form or in written documentation. Depending on your child’s medical condition, this may need to be reviewed on an annual basis.