New School Vaccination Requirements in Illinois


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- It's hard to believe but come next week some kids will be headed back to school and there are some new vaccination requirements families need to know about.

For the first time, kids in kindergarten through 12th grade in Illinois must have two doses of rubella and mumps vaccines, instead of just one. In the Spring there was a mumps outbreak in central Illinois. Health leaders say unvaccinated kids could have a greater chance of catching the disease.

Also new this school year, kids entering kindergarten, sixth or ninth grade, must have two doses of varicella also known as the chicken pox vaccine.

These are some of the other basic vaccines to enter school in Illinois: diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, haemophilus influenza type b, hepatitis b and pneumococcal (depending on age).

In Rockford Public Schools, students must have all their shots by the first day of school. Kids who don't have them will not be allowed to attend school. The first day is August 25th, however Haskell year-round students head back on Wednesday. and those kids must have their vaccines by Wednesday, July 23. Appointment cards will not be accepted as a pass into school.

Also in RPS:

- A student must have a physical examination within one year before entering preschool, kindergarten, sixth or ninth grades.

- Haemophilus influenza type b for Pre-K
- Hepatitis B for Pre-K and 6th-12th
- Pneumococcal vaccine for 2-5 years-old
- Lead screening for Pre-K and Kindergarten

Vision/Dental exams:

- Kindergarten, 2nd, 6th: oral health exam is required before May 15, 2015
-Kindergartners must have an eye exam before August 25, 2014

From District 205:

These required health examinations, immunizations and lead screening may be obtained at the doctor’s office or clinic of your choice, including your child’s primary care physician, the Winnebago County Health Department (815-720-4000), or the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile (815-971-5800, ext. 5). The Winnebago County Health Department will host its 5th Annual Back-to-School Health Clinic from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 at the Health Department, 555 N. Court St. The event is for all students – prekindergarten through 12th grades.

Objections: A child’s parent or legal guardian who objects to health or dental examinations or immunizations must submit a letter to the school’s nurse to request an exemption to the law. If you have any questions, please call the Rockford Public Schools Health Services Office at 815-966-5254.


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