Updated: January 14, 2014

Contact Information

Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services
Department of Public Health Immunization Program
275 East Main Street
Mailstop HSB-HS1 C-D
Frankfort, 40621
Phone: (502) 564-4478
Fax: (502) 564-4760

Vaccine Requirements for the State of Kentucky

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: 3-5 months of age: one dose of DTP or DTaP. 5-7 months of age: 2 doses. 7-16 months of age: 3 doses due. 16 months to before 5th birthday: 4 doses due

K-12- 4 doses, 1 dose after 4th birthday; 3 doses if 3rd dose after 7 years of age.

Children between 7 and 11 years of age - 5 doses of DTaP or DTP or combinations of the two vaccines; or a dose of Td that was preceded by 2 doses of DTP, DTaP, DT, or Td or combinations of the four vaccines.

For 6th grade entry, one dose of Tdap required.

Hepatitis A None/No Requirements None/No Requirements
Hepatitis B Day Care, Head Start, K-12

K-12 -2 doses by 19 months of age.

49 months - 5 years: 3 doses

Hib Day Care, Head Start Day Care, Head Start- 3-5 months: 1 dose due. 5-7 months: 2 doses due. 7-12 months, 3 doses due. 12-16 months: 5 doses due.


Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Day Care, Head Start, K-12, Sixth Grade Day Care, Head Start - 1 dose on or after 1st birthday.

K-12- 2nd dose measles required before age 5

Meningococcal Sixth Grade
One dose of MCV or MPSV
Pneumococcal Day Care, Head Start, K-12 Day Care, Head Start - 3 doses by 12 months of age and 4 doses of PCV with one (1) dose on or after twelve (12) months of age.
Polio Day Care, Head Start, K-12 Day Care, Head Start- 3-5 months of age: 1 dose of OPV or IPV due. 5-19 months of age: 2 doses due. 19-49 months: 3 doses due.

K-12- 4 doses, unless 3rd dose after 4th birthday, then 3 doses

Varicella Day Care, Head Start, K-12

Day Care, Head Start -16 to 48 months of age - One (1) dose of varicella, unless a healthcare provider states that the child has had a diagnosis of typical varicella disease or verification of a history of varicella disease by a healthcare provider or a diagnosis of herpes zoster disease or verification of a history of herpes zoster disease by a healthcare provider.

K-12 - 2 doses.