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Back to School Immunizations

A checklist for parents and teens on starting or returning to school.

Childhood Vaccinations

No decision is more important than protecting your child from childhood diseases.

Children entering a Mississippi school (from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade) for the first time are required to have had the following vaccinations.

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)
  • Polio (IPV)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Chickenpox (Varicella)

If your child is entering the seventh grade, either by advancing or transferring in, a pertussis (Tdap) booster is now required if they have not received a Tdap vaccination since the age of seven.

Vaccinations are available from the health department clinic in any county, or from your medical provider.

Birth Certificates

Students entering school for the first time will need a certified copy of their birth certificate. You can order one through our web site, or contact your county health department or our Vital Records division at 601-576-7981.

Adolescents' Vaccinations

While not required, vaccinations against hepatitis and meningococcal disease are encouraged for those entering high school and college.

MSDH Immunization Registry

The MSDH Immunization Registry records immunizations received by individuals from public clinics and participating private doctors. Records for many adults and most children are available there for parents and qualified professionals.

Staying Healthy

Returning students will be spending their days in crowded settings where germs can spread easily. Simple precautions can keep kids healthy.

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