Required Immunizations for Washoe County School Students

Certain Shots Needed to Register for School

School vaccinations in Washoe County, Nevada
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What Are Nevada's School Immunization Requirements?

Nevada's school immunization requirements are spelled out by the state Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH). To be enrolled in a public, private, or charter school, a child must be vaccinated against these diseases, or in the process of being vaccinated. It's one of those things parents must deal with at back to school time in Washoe County.

  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Pertussis
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Rubella
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella

Nevada law provides exemptions to these vaccination requirements because of religious belief or medical condition. For a full explanation of these provisions, refer to the applicable Nevada state laws.

There is an additional immunization requirement for students entering the 7th grade. Before being enrolled in a public, private, or charter school, these students must be vaccinated against pertussis (commonly known as whooping cough) with the tetanus, diptheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine. The exemptions described in the previous paragraph also apply.

Immunization Requirements for Nevada University Students

Applicants to the Nevada System of Higher Education must provide proof of immunizations against tetanus, diptheria, measles, mumps, and rubella. Any student under 23 years old and enrolled as a freshman must be immunized against meningitis before being permitted to live in on - campus housing. Exemptions for religious belief or medical condition apply.

Where to Get Back To School Immunizations

Immunizations for the start of school in 2014 in Washoe County are available at the following events. At Tdap only events, a $20 donation is requested to cover the cost of the vaccine. However, no one will be turned away due to inability to pay. Those with insurance should bring their cards.

Saturday, August 2 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Outlets at Sparks Back-to-School Fair and Immunization Clinic - Tdap only
1310 Scheels Drive, Sparks

Thursday, August 7 - 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Vaughn Middle School Immunization Clinic - Tdap only
1200 Bresson Avenue, Reno

Friday, August 8 - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sparks Middle School Immunization Clinic - Tdap only
2275 18th Street, Sparks

Saturday, August 9 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Back-to-School Immunization Fair
Boys and Girls Club William N. Pennington Facility
1300 Foster Drive, Reno
All required school immunizations, including Tdap, will be available while supplies last for children 4 through 19 years old at no cost.

For more information, refer to the immunize nevada calendar.

More Sources for Back To School Immunizations

Obviously, if you have a regular health care provider you can get your children immunized as required when they are growing up. If you do not have such access, refer to "Where To Get Immunized" for suggestions on where to get the required immunization for your children. Another source for finding vaccinations for children is the Nevada Vaccines for Children Program.

Get Immunization Records from WebIZ

WebIZ is an immunization registry program used in Nevada. Through the system's public portal access, parents and legal guardians can obtain official immunization records for school admission. For more information or assistance using the system, call (775) 684-5954.

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