Updated: March 2, 2004
Delaware Department of Health & Social Services
Division of Public Health Immunization Program
Jesse Cooper Building
Federal and Water Streets
Phone: (302) 744-4543; (800) 282-8672
Fax: (302) 739-2358
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.
|Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)||Day Care, Head Start, K-12||Day Care, Head Start- 4 or more doses, age appropriate (means that the number of doses of a vaccine a child should have received is dependent upon the child’s age, and this defined by CDC at www.cdc.gov/nip). One dose must be given on or after the 4th birthday, otherwise a 5th dose is required. Pertussis is not required after 7 years. If the 4th doses was given on or after the 4th birthday, the 5th dose is not required. Pertussis is not required. A booster of Td is recommended for all students, at age 11 or 12, or 5 years after the last DTaP, DTP or DT dose was administered.
K-12- 4 doses; 5 doses if 4th dose before 4th birthday
|Hepatitis A||None/No Requirements||None/No Requirements|
|Hepatitis B||Head Start, First Grade, Seventh Grade, Eighth Grade, Ninth Grade, Tenth Grade||Day Care, Head Start - age appropriate (means that the number of doses of a vaccine a child should have received is dependent upon the child’s age, and this defined by CDC at www.cdc.gov/nip).
Grades K-3 and 7-10 - 3 doses required.
|Hib||Day Care, Head Start||Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations|
|Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)||Day Care, Head Start, K-12, College/University||Day Care, Head Start, K-12- 2 doses required. First dose should be administered on or after 12 months. The 2nd dose after the 4th birthday.
2nd dose- K: after 4th birthday; grades 1-12: new entrants
College, University- MMR, 2nd dose measles- All freshman and new enrollees
|Meningococcal||College/University||All freshman and new enrollees|
|Pneumococcal||None/No Requirements||None/No Requirements|
|Polio||Day Care, Head Start, K-12||Day Care, Head Start- 3 doses unless the last dose was given prior to the 4th birthday, in which case a 4th dose should be given after the child’s 4th birthday.
K-12- 4 doses unless 3rd dose after 4th birthday, then 3 doses
|Varicella||Day Care||Day Care, New Entrants - Children attending Day Care Facilities will be required to be vaccinated against Varicella or have a history of the disease beginning September 1, 2002. All new enterers to Private & Public Schools will be required to be vaccinated against Varicella or have a history of the disease beginning September 1, 2003.|