IPS School Entry Immunization Requirements

Make Sure Your Child is Ready for School!

The beginning of the school year is nearly here. The stores are swamped as parents rush to pick out the best First-Day-of-School outfit and shop for supplies. But before your Indianapolis Public School student can even start, they must have all the proper immunizations. The State of Indiana does require certain immunizations and does for school entry. Below is the list of required immunizations. Additional immunizations are recommended by the CDC, but are not currently required.

Make sure you aren't caught by surprise!

Required Immunizations
 

Preschool Requirements:

  • 3 Hepatitis B
  • 4 Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis (DTaP)
  • 3 Polio
  • 1 Measles/Mumps/Rubella
  • 1 Varicella

Kindergarten Requirements:

  • 3 Hepatitis B
  • 5 Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis (DTaP)
  • 4 Polio
  • 2 Measles/Mumps/Rubella
  • 2 Varicella
  • 2 Hepatitis A

Grades 1-5 Requirements:

  • 3 Hepatitis B
  • 5 Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis (DTaP)
  • 4 Polio
  • 2 Measles/Mumps/Rubella
  • 2 Varicella

Grades 6-11 Requirements:

  • 3 Hepatitis B
  • 5 Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis (DTaP)
  • 4 Polio
  • 2 Measles/Mumps/Rubella
  • 2 Varicella
  • 1 Tetanus and Pertussis (Tdap)
  • 1 Meningitis

Grade 12 Requirements:

  • 3 Hepatitis B
  • 5 Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis (DTaP)
  • 4 Polio
  • 2 Measles/Mumps/Rubella
  • 2 Varicella
  • 1 Tetanus and Pertussis (Tdap)
  • 2 Meningitis 

 

Meningitis Information


Meningitis is a disease that affects the membranes of the brain and spinal cord. There are several types of bacteria and viruses that cause meningitis, but the bacteria that can cause serious problems and death for our children and young adults is Neisseria Meningitis.

For the last few years, Indiana law has required that all students 6th grade through 12th grade must be immunized for this form of meningitis. For the 2014-2015 School Year, a second meningitis vaccine will be required for 12th grader students unless the first dose was given at age 16.

Indiana State Law also requires that school systems provide information to families every year about meningitis.

You can find more information about meningitis at the office of your child’s school. If you have any questions, you can call Rae Wallis R.N., IPS Administrative Coordinator for Nursing Services at 226-4406.

Please contact your physician about getting the needed immunizations before school starts. You can also contact the Marion County Health Department at 221-2122 to find a low cost immunization clinic near you.

Where to Go for Immunizations

If you need immunizations and aren't sure where to go, the Marion County Health Department offers clinics located throughout the city. The clinics offer nursing services on a walk-in basis and immunizations services. Immunization services are available as a walk-in service and by appointment on certain days. Below is a list of clinic locations and contact information:

Northwest District
6940 North Michigan Road
221‐7500

Northeast District
6042 East 21st Street
221‐7300

South District
505 East National Avenue
221‐5700

Georgetown Office
3972 Georgetown Road
221‐3441

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About IPS

Indianapolis Public Schools is the largest public school district in Indiana. The school district covers 80 square miles, employs over 6,000 people, and serve over 30,000 students. IPS schools are diverse - from traditional schools, to magnet schools, digital learning, Montessori, Spanish immersion and through special programs focusing on math, science, and performance arts. The district works with the Indianapolis community on issues that extend beyond the classroom which such initiatives as providing free summer meal programs so that children who might not get a meal during the summer, can still receive student lunches. The district also works with the Indianapolis Public Library on the summer reading programs to promote summer learning. The district continues to strive in educating its students and families throughout the community.