Physical Exams and Immunizations

  • Illinois state law requires that children entering kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade must have a physical examination and proof of immunizations on file with the school health office before the first day of school or the child will not be allowed to start school. To submit your child's medical forms, please visit the medical records submission page. 

     

    For information about low-cost health providers and immunization clinics, see the links below.  

     

     

    Below is a list of the state immunization and examination requirements by grade level:

     

    Early Childhood:

    • Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis/whooping cough (DtaP); four doses, with last one given on or after second birthday
    • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR); one dose, with first one given on or after first birthday but before age 2    
    • Polio (IPV/OPV); three doses, with last dose given on or after second birthday
    • Hepatitis B series; three doses, with the third dose given on or after six months of age
    • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib); three to four doses
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox); one dose given on or after 12 months of age OR doctor-verified evidence of disease with date
    • Lead screening assessment (if not given previously)
    • Physical exam*

     

    Kindergarten and 1st Grade:

    • Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis/whooping cough (DtaP); four doses, with last one given on or after fourth birthday
    • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR); two doses, with first one given on or after first birthday and second one given no less than four weeks later  
    • Polio (IPV/OPV); three doses, with last dose given on or after fourth birthday   
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox); two doses, with first dose given on or after first birthday and second dose given no less than four weeks later OR doctor-verified evidence of disease with date
    • Physical exam* (pertains to 1st grade only if first entrance into school)
    • Dental exam** (Kindergarten only)
    • Vision exam*** (pertains to 1st grade only if first entrance into school)

     

    2nd Grade:

    • Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis/whooping cough (DtaP); four doses, with last one given on or after fourth birthday
    • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR); two doses, with first one given on or after first birthday and second one given no less than four weeks later  
    • Polio (IPV/OPV); three doses, with last dose given on or after fourth birthday   
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox); two doses, with first dose given on or after first birthday and second dose given no less than four weeks later OR doctor-verified evidence of disease with date
    • Dental exam**

     

    3rd, 4th and 5th Grades:

    • Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis/whooping cough (DtaP); four doses, with last one given on or after fourth birthday
    • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR); two doses, with first one given on or after first birthday and second one given no less than four weeks later  
    • Polio (IPV/OPV); three doses, with last dose given on or after fourth birthday   
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox); two doses, with first dose given on or after first birthday and second dose given no less than four weeks later OR doctor-verified evidence of disease with date

     

    6th and 7th Grades:

    • Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis/whooping cough (DtaP); four doses, with last one given on or after fourth birthday
    • Tdap immunization; one dose
    • Hepatitis B series (three injections at appropriate intervals)
    • Meningococcal immunization; one dose
    • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR); two doses, with first one given on or after first birthday and second one given no less than four weeks later  
    • Polio (IPV/OPV); three doses, with last dose given on or after fourth birthday   
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox); two doses, with first dose given on or after first birthday and second dose given no less than four weeks later OR doctor-verified evidence of disease with date
    • Physical exam* (for students entering 6th grade)
    • Dental exam** (for students entering 6th grade)

     

    8th Grade:

    • Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis/whooping cough (DtaP); four doses, with last one given on or after fourth birthday
    • Tdap immunization; one dose
    • Hepatitis B series (three injections at appropriate intervals)
    • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR); two doses, with first one given on or after first birthday and second one given no less than four weeks later  
    • Polio (IPV/OPV); three doses, with last dose given on or after fourth birthday   
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox); two doses, with first dose given on or after first birthday and second dose given no less than four weeks later OR doctor-verified evidence of disease with date

     

    For more information about recommended vaccines and the diseases they prevent, visit the Centers for Disease Control website:

     

    For children under the age of 6:

    http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/downloads/parent-ver-sch-0-6yrs.pdf

     

    For children 7-18 years old:

    http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/who/teens/downloads/parent-version-schedule-7-18yrs.pdf

     

    *PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS

    All students entering an early childhood program, Kindergarten, 6th grade or 9th grade are required by the state of Illinois to have a health exam performed and signed by a licensed physician. The physical exam must have been completed within one year prior to the first day of school. The physical must be completely filled out, including the parent portion, to be considered in compliance. 

     

    **DENTAL EXAMINATIONS

    Students in Kindergarten, 2nd grade and 6th grades must present proof of an examination by a dentist sometime during the school year and no later than May 15. The dental exam must have been completed within 18 months of the May 15th deadline.  

      

    ***VISION EXAMINATIONS

    Students entering Kindergarten or upon first entry into an Illinois school at any grade level must present proof of an eye examination by a licensed physician or optometrist prior to October 15. The eye exam must have been completed within one year of the October 15th deadline.