Rhode Island

Updated: Mayo 26, 2014

Contact Information

Rhode Island Department of Health - Division of Disease Prevention & Control
3 Capitol Hill
Room 302
Providence, 02908
Phone: (401) 222-2312
Fax: (401) 272-1442

Vaccine Requirements for the State of Rhode Island

Vaccine requirements may be relaxed or eliminated in some regions and/or states due to shortages in the manufacture of some vaccines. Please contact your healthcare provider, or your local public health department for more information.

Vaccine Age/Grade Comments
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP) Day Care, Head Start, K-12 Day Care, Head Start: 4 doses, age appropriate

K-12- 5 doses, unless 4th dose after 4 years: 3 doses Td if older than 7 years;

7th Grade: 1 dose of Tdap.

Hepatitis A None/No Requirements None/No Requirements
Hepatitis B Day Care, Head Start, Kindergarten, First Grade, Seventh Grade, Ninth Grade Day Care, Head Start, K-12 - DC, HS: 3 doses, age appropriate 
Hib Day Care, Head Start Day Care, Head Start- 4 doses, age appropriate
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Day Care, Head Start, K-12, College/University Day Care, Head Start, K-12- All children in school (including day care and kindergarten) are required to have 2 doses of a “measles containing vaccine” (preferably MMR), one dose of mumps vaccine, and one dose of rubella vaccine. The first dose of these three vaccines must have been given on or after the first birthday. There must be at least one month between the first and second dose.

College, University- Measles and rubella are required for all students: Rubella is required; if born after 1956

K-1- 2nd dose of MMR is required prior to entry; Effective 8/1/2001- required of all students K-12

Meningococcal Seventh Grade 1 dose
Pneumococcal Day Care, Head Start Four doses of Pneumococcal Conjugate (children 15 months through 5 years of age who have received 4 doses of Prevnar should receive one dose of Prevnar 13 to elicit immune response to the six additional strains.)
Polio Day Care, Head Start, K-12 Day Care, Head Start-  3 doses age appropriate

K- 12 - K: 4 doses, 3 if last dose given after 4 years of age; 7: same as K;


Varicella Day Care, Kindergarten

Day Care, Head Start: 1 dose or physician documentation of history of disease.

K-12 - 2 doses or a statement signed by your child’s medical provider  stating that the child has a history of chickenpox disease.