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Complete Vaccination Guide For School Going Children: Washington Immunization Requirements

Know Washington Immunization Requirements for the 2015-16 School Year

Washington state law requires students who attend a public or private elementary or secondary school to receive certain immunizations. All children must show proof of immunization or certification of exemption prior to starting school.

Get Mandatory Vaccinations at RediClinic

The board-certified nurse practitioners at RediClinic can answer any questions about the vaccines that will help your child meet immunization requirements for King and Snohomish counties. We encourage you to walk into your nearest clinic well in advance of the start of school to ensure your child has received all vaccines required for attendance.

  • Hepatitis B: Three doses are required for kindergarten through twelfth grade students.
  • DTaP, DT, Td or Tdap [diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough)]: Five doses are required for kindergarten through twelfth grade students. Four doses only if fourth dose given on or after fourth birthday.
  • Tdap vaccine: Required for sixth through twelfth grade students who are at least 11 years old.
  • Varicella (Chickenpox): Two doses are required for kindergarten through sixth grade students.
  • Polio: Four doses are required for kindergarten through twelfth grade students. Three doses only if third dose given on or after fourth birthday.
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR): Two doses are required for kindergarten through twelfth grade students.

The Risks of Not Vaccinating

In February, the Seattle Times noted that more than 80 schools in King and Snohomish counties have student vaccine exemption rates of 10% or higher. Choosing to not vaccinate your child is not without risk. Typically, 90% of a population must be vaccinated against contagious diseases to achieve community immunity, which protects infants, pregnant women and others too vulnerable to be vaccinated. If left unvaccinated, your child could be impacted by a life-threatening disease. Your child may transmit the disease to those who are most vulnerable. And your child will be excluded from school during disease outbreaks, even if he or she doesn’t have the disease.

Open Seven Days a Week

RediClinic treats adults and children age 18 months and older. To accommodate your family’s busy schedule, RediClinic offers walk-in clinics inside select Rite Aid pharmacies throughout greater Seattle. Each vaccination clinic location is available at your convenience, with no appointment necessary.

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