Vaccines

Tennessee

Updated: September 10, 2002

Contact Information

Tennessee Department of Health
425 Fifth Avenue North
Cordell Hull Building - 4th Floor
Nashville, 37247
Phone: (615) 532-8482
Fax: (615) 741-3857
Website

Vaccine Requirements for the State of Tennessee

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 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) for all attendees. One dose must be given on or after the 4th birthday.

K-12 - 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) for all attendees. One dose must be given on or after the 4th birthday. If starting series at age 7 or older, only 3 doses are required.

Hepatitis A None/No Requirements None/No Requirements
Hepatitis B Day Care, Head Start, Kindergarten Day Care, Head Start, Kindergarten - 3 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). 3 doses are required for entrance into K.

 

Hib Day Care, Head Start Day Care, Head Start- Age appropriate
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Day Care, Head Start, K-12, College/University Day Care, Head Start, K-12 - 2 doses, given on or after the 1st birthday required.

College/University- two doses of MMR are required for full time students born after 1957

K-12- second dose of MMR is required prior to entry

Meningococcal None/No Requirements None/No Requirements
Pneumococcal Day Care, Head Start Day Care, Head Start- entry requirement for all children born on or after July 1, 2001
Polio Day Care, Head Start, K-12 Day Care, Head Start, K-12 - 4 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). If the 3rd dose was given on or after the 4th birthday, the 4th dose is not needed
Varicella Day Care, Head Start Head Start - if born on or after 9/1/98

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