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School Immunizations

Delaware law requires all students entering a school system to provide proof of immunizations. The Delaware Division of Public Health collaborates with the Delaware Department of Education to establish mandatory immunization requirements based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Select the first link in the table below to review the Immunization Guidelines from the Department of Education:

Department of Education Immunization Guidelines School Survey Coverage Data School Survey Exemption Data
Varicella Immunity Statement School Vaccination Medical Exemption Form Supplemental School Vaccination Medical Exemption Form
Supplemental School Vaccination Medical Exemption Approval Form Notarized Affidavit of Religious Belief Return to Immunization Program Page

School Survey Data

Every year, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) conducts an immunization coverage assessment for Kindergarten students. DPH uses the assessment data to monitor kindergarten coverage rates across the state. Year to year trends can help identify areas that need improvements. Select a link in the table above to see the coverage and exemption results from the school surveys.

Medical Exemptions

Medical exemptions to any of the required immunizations must be requested in writing from the healthcare provider for situations related to: lost records, alternate catch-up schedules, Measles/Mumps/Rubella second dose given prior to the fourth birthday, history of Varicella (chicken pox) immunity and delayed schedules for children who are immunocompromised. Use the School Vaccination Medical Exemption Form and the Varicella Immunity Statement from the table above.

All other medical exemptions must be approved by the Delaware Division of Public Health using the Supplemental School Vaccination Exemption Form from the table above. The form must be signed by a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or advanced practice nurse. Most contraindications are temporary and the vaccine can be given at a later time.

Religious Exemptions

Religious exemptions must be submitted on the Notarized Affidavit of Religious Belief form from the table above and must be notarized by a Notary Public

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