Updated: December 5, 2013
Illinois Department of Public Health
525 W. Jefferson Street
Phone: (217) 782-4977
Fax: (217) 782-3987
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, College/University||Day Care, Head Start - Any child 2 years of age or older must have 4 doses.
K-12- 4 doses is only required of those children entering kindergarten (or 1st grade if the school does not have a kindergarten class). 3 doses for children entering at any other grade level, with the last dose received on or after the 4th birthday.
Beginning with school year 2011-2012, any child entering sixth grade shall show proof of having received one dose of Tdap (defined as tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) vaccine regardless of the interval since the last DTaP, DT or Td dose.
Students entering grades seven through 12 who have not already received Tdap are required to receive one Tdap dose regardless of the interval since the last DTaP, DT or Td dose.
College, University- 1 dose for all students, except international students who must provide proof of 3 doses.
|Hepatitis A||None/No Requirements||None/No Requirements|
|Hepatitis B||Day Care, Head Start, 6th grade||
Day Care, Head Start, Grade K-12 - Any child two years of age or older entering a school program shall show proof of having received three doses of hepatitis B vaccine. The first two doses shall have been received no less than four weeks (28 days) apart. The interval between the second and third doses shall be at least two months. The interval between the first dose and the third dose shall be at least four months. The third dose shall have been administered on or after six months of age. Proof of prior or current infection, if verified by laboratory evidence, may be substituted for proof of vaccination
6th grade - Children entering the sixth grade shall show proof of having received three doses of hepatitis B vaccine, or other proof of immunity. The first two doses shall have been received no less than four weeks (28 days) apart. The interval between the second and third doses shall be at least two months. The interval between the first and third doses shall be at least four months. Proof of prior or current infection, if verified by laboratory evidence, may be substituted for proof of vaccination.
The third dose of hepatitis B vaccine is not required if it can be documented that the child received two doses of adult formulation Recombivax-HB vaccine (10 mcg) and was 11 to 15 years of age at the time of vaccine administration, and that the interval between receipt of the two doses was at least four months.
|Hib||Day Care, Head Start||Day Care, Head Start- 2-6 months: 2 or 3 doses (depending on vaccine used), 2 months apart. 7-11 months: 2 doses, 2 months apart. 12-14 months: 1 dose. 15-59 months: 1 dose|
|Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)||Day Care, Head Start, K-12, College/University||Day Care Head Start - Day Care/Head Start - 1 dose on or after the 1st birthday.
Kindergarten, 1, 2 - 1st dose must be received on or after 1st birthday or positive history of disease.
K-12- 2 doses of measles, 1 dose of mumps and 1 dose of rubella. Interval between 1st and 2nd dose no less than 4 weeks.
2nd dose - Children born on or after September 2, 1991: two doses of measles vaccine administered on or after the first birthday and at least 28 days apart. Children born prior to September 2, 1991 will be required to show proof by 30 days past their 12th birthday of either: two doses of measles vaccine administered on or after the first birthday and at least 28 days apart.
College, University- MMR, 2nd dose measles-All freshman and new enrollees in 4-year schools born after 1956
|Meningococcal||None/No Requirements||None/No Requirements|
|Pneumococcal||Day Care, Head Start||
Any child under two years of age entering a child care facility or school program below the kindergarten level shall show proof of immunization that complies with the pneumococcal vaccination schedule in this link.
Children 24 to 59 months of age who have not received the primary series of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, according to the recommended vaccination schedule, shall show proof of receiving one dose of pneumococcal vaccine.
Any child who has reached his or her fifth birthday shall not be required to provide proof of immunization with pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.
|Polio||Day Care, Head Start, K-12||Day Care: 2 doses by age 1 year; over age 2: 3 doses; Head Start- 3 doses;
K-12- 3 doses if all-IPV or all-OPV received. 4 doses if any combination of IPV & OPV. In all cases, the last dose must be received on or after the 4th birthday.
|Varicella||Day Care, Head Start, Kindergarten, 6th & 9th grade||
Day Care, Head Start, Kindergarten - 1 dose for those children entering a day care center, Head Start center and kindergarten for the 1st time on or after 7/1/02. Disease history, if verified by a health care provider, is also acceptable.
Beginning with school year 2014-2015, any child entering kindergarten, sixth grade, or ninth grade for the first time shall show proof of having received two doses of varicella vaccine, the first dose on or after the first birthday and the second dose no less than four weeks (28 days) after the first dose, or proof of prior varicella disease.