New Mexico

Updated: April 14, 2014

Contact Information

New Mexico Department of Health - Immunization Program
1190 South St. Francis Drive
PO Box 26110
Santa Fe, 87502
Phone: 505/827-2369
Fax: 505/827-1741

Vaccine Requirements for the State of New Mexico

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 - 5 doses: 3 doses by 7th months of age, 4 doses by 19 months of age; booster dose after 4 years of age and before school entry

K-12- 4 doses, 1 dose after 4th birthday; A 3-dose series is sufficient if initiated after 7 years of age. 1 dose of 3-dose primary series must be Tdap, preferably the first, followed by 2 doses of Td.

7th grade - 1 dose Tdap required for entry into 7th grade. All students 7th-12th grades require proof of 1 dose Tdap received. 1 dose of Tdap required regardless of when the last Td containing vaccine was given.
Hepatitis A Kindergarten, First Grade One dose required by 15 months; two doses recommended with at least 6 months between doses.
Hepatitis B Day Care, Head Start, K-12 An age-appropriately vaccinated child has received 3 doses by 6 months of age. 2nd dose a minimum of 4 wks after dose 1; 3rd dose at least 16 wks after dose 1 and at least 8 wks after dose 2. For infants currently receiving primary doses, final dose should not be given earlier than 24 wks of age. 3 doses required for entry into 7th grade. Two-dose Recombivax HB is also valid if administered at ages 11-15 years if 2nd dose received no sooner than 16 weeks after 1st dose.
Hib Day Care, Head Start Day Care, Head Start- If series started <12 months of age, 3 doses required with at least 1 dose on/after 1st birthday. Two doses required if 1st dose received at 12-14 months. 1 dose of Hib vaccine administered between 16 months and 59 months is sufficient. No doses required ≥ 60 months of age.
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Day Care, Head Start, K-12 Day Care, Head Start, K-12- 2 doses. Second dose recommended on/after 4th birthday. Dose 2 may be given earlier with at least 4 weeks between 1st & 2nd doses.


Meningococcal None/No Requirements None/No Requirements
Pneumococcal Day Care, Head Start 3 doses, age appropriate. Administer a series of PCV13 vaccine at ages 2, 4, 6 months with a booster at age 12-15 months. For children ages 14 through 59 months who have received an age-appropriate series of PCV7, administer a single supplemental dose of PCV13. Catch-up: Administer 1 dose of PCV13 to all healthy children aged 12 through 59 months who are not completely vaccinated for their age. Children > 60 months, no doses required.
Polio Day Care, Head Start, K-12 Day Care, Head Start - 4 doses. An age-appropriately vaccinated child has received 3 doses of polio (IPV and/ or OPV) by age one. One dose is recommended after age 4.

K-12 - 3 doses if all OPV or all IPV; 4 doses if combination

A minimum of 4 weeks between doses required with 6 months between last 2 doses.
Varicella Day Care, Head Start, Ninth Grade 2 doses. For children aged 12 months–12 years, the minimum interval between the two doses is 3 months. However, if dose 2 was administered > 28 days after dose 1, dose 2 is considered valid and need not be repeated. For persons aged >13 years, the recommended minimum interval is 4 wks. Required for proof of varicella immunity: Receipt of vaccine, physician/health care provider diagnosis of varicella or laboratory evidence of immunity.