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Arizona Department of Health Services

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Vaccinations

Children in Kindergarten through 5th grades are required to have vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox).
Adolescents in 6th-11th grades who are at least 11 years old are required to have the above vaccines and two additional vaccines: a booster dose against pertussis (whooping cough), and a meningococcal vaccine that protects against a bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis that can cause meningitis, gangrene, and rapid death.

A summary of what vaccines are required for childcare, pre-school and kindergarten and school attendance can be found on the Arizona Immunization Program Office website.

There are additional vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to keep school-aged children healthy that are not required for school entry. Please see your healthcare provider and CDC Immunization Schedules.

For more information on where to receive vaccinations for your child please visit:

Obtaining Copies of Immunization Records

Parents who need to obtain a copy of their child's immunization records should contact their provider's office or their local County Health Department. If they are unable to obtain a copy of the record from these locations, parents can also pick up copies from the Arizona Department of Health Services, Immunization Program Office. For more information please contact the Arizona State Immunization Information System hotline at 877-491-5741.

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