Information about school immunization requirements and dataSchool immunization requirements exist to protect students and members of their community from serious vaccine-preventable diseases by ensuring high vaccination ratesSchool immunization rates provide insight into the vaccine coverage in communities across the state. Since immunization rates are not uniform across the state, school immunization data highlight areas that may be more susceptible to vaccine-preventable diseases. These data also show the importance of maintaining high immunization rates.To learn more, visit the Massachusetts Department of Health School Immunizations page: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/school-immunizations
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in childcare/preschool, primary, secondary and postsecondary education. Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and have been adhering to mask-wearing and social distancing due to COVID-19. Given the intensive Commonwealth-wide efforts regarding COVID-19 vaccination, DPH wants to alleviate the burden to obtain flu vaccination and focus on continuing COVID-19 vaccination efforts. DPH continues to strongly recommend that everyone age six months and older receive their seasonal flu vaccine each year.
The updated schedule can be found here.
The MDPH Immunization Division had set the deadline of December 31, 2020 for students to receive a flu vaccination unless they have obtained a medical or religious exemption. The deadline has been extended through February 28, 2021.
The Masschusetts Department of Public Health issued new guidelines requiring flu vaccine for all Massachusetts school students enrolled in child care, preschool, K-12, and post-secondary institutions. Click here to read the announcement from DPH.