New Jersey school immunization rules, Immunization of Pupils in Schools (N.J.A.C. 8:57-4) require students to receive a series of immunizations prior to attendance at school. In addition, schools are required to enforce requirements, maintain records, and submit annual reports to the state and their respective local health department. Please review the guidance and tools for carrying out these requirements.
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K - 12
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The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) under Chapter 14 N.J.A.C. 8:57-4 mandates the following two vaccines.
Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, Diphtheria, acellular Pertussis) Every child entering or attending Grade 6 shall have received one dose of Tdap given no earlier than the 10th birthday and five (5) years have elapsed from the last DTP/DTaP or Td dose.
Meningococcal vaccine Every child entering or attending Grade 6 shall have received one dose of meningococcal vaccine (Menactra or Menveo).
A 10-year-old entering sixth grade will not be required to receive these vaccines until they turn 11 years of age. The NJDOH requires the dose be received within TWO WEEKS of the 11th birthday.
According to N.J.A.C. 8:57- 2, a principal, administrator or person in charge of a school shall not admit or retain any child whose parents have not submitted acceptable evidence of immunizations.
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Tuberculosis Testing Requirements: Students born in a country not listed below and entering school in the U.S. for the first time, OR who attended school in a country not listed on the back must have TB testing.
Tuberculosis Testing Requirements: Students born in a country not listed below and entering school in the U.S. for the first time, OR who attended school in a country not listed on the back must have TB testing. THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES HAVE A LOW INCIDENCE OF TB AND DO NOT REQUIRE TB TESTING:
American Samoa, Andorra Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montserrat, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, North Ireland, Norway, Oman, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten (Dutch), San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, United States Virgin Islands, West Bank and Gaza.
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