Washington State law requires all students to be fully immunized against chicken pox, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, pertussis, mumps and rubella before attending school.
- Five doses of tetanus-diphtheria (fewer doses may be accepted depending on child’s age and dosage spacing)
- Four doses of polio (three doses may be accepted if the third dose was given after child’s fourth birthday and correct dosage spacing)
- Two doses of the mumps, measles, and rubella (MMR) vaccine after age one and at least one month apart
- Hepatitis B series with the final dose being given after child was six months old
- Two doses of varicella (chicken pox) after age one and at least one month apart or written verification of the disease from a licensed health care provider
- Tdap before entering sixth grade if the child is eleven years of age, otherwise due at age 11
The 2019-2020 requirements are available from the Washington State Department of Health in multiple languages.
Record of Immunizations
Parents and guardians must provide a record of student’s immunizations by completing a Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) form available from the Washington State Department of Health in multiple languages.
If you do not already have your child’s official immunization record, there are multiple options for obtaining immunization records.
Vaccines Given in Washington State
- Access the provider-verified certificate on the Washington State Immunization Information System. Once you create an account on Washington MyIR, you will be able to access the certificate at any time.
- Ask your clinic or provider to fax or mail the vaccine report to you or to the nurse at your child’s school. You may also pick this up from the provider’s office.
- Visit your primary care provider and have them print a copy of your child’s Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS). It must be signed, dated, and submitted to the school nurse.
Vaccines Given Outside of Washington State
- Ask your clinic or provider fax or mail the vaccine report to you or to the nurse at your child’s school.
- Transfer your child’s immunizations on to a Washington State Certificate of Immunization (CIS). It must be signed and dated and submitted to the school nurse and we request you attach the original vaccine record.
To request your child to be exempt from any immunization requirement, you must have a completed Certificate of Exemption (COE) form on file, which may be obtained from your child’s school or health care provider.
Students with exempt status will be excluded from school in the event of an outbreak and will remain excluded per Department of Health recommendations. One case constitutes an outbreak.