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Metro Brief: Back-to-school supplies include immunizations, forms

District of Columbia

On August 17, 2011

  • The DOH provides free vaccines for Medicaid beneficiaries and uninsured.

With the start of school just a few days away, the DC Department of Health (DOH) reminds all parents and guardians of children who attend school in the District, to get their children's immunization for the school year as soon as possible.  All public, parochial, charter and private school students are required to be up-to-date on all vaccinations prior to the start of the school year on August 22, 2011. Parents should also bring their children's immunization records with them when taking their child to get vaccinated, as all District students will be required to present documentation of required vaccinations by the first day of school.

The following are required immunizations for all students:

  • DTaP/Td
  • Polio
  • MMR
  • Hepatitis B
  • Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine

The following immunizations are required for specific students:

  • 4 years of age or younger - Pneumococcal Vaccine and Hib (1-4 age appropriate doses)
  • Hepatitis A (children born after January 2005)
  • Sixth through twelfth grade - Meningococcal Vaccine, Tdap booster if five years have passed since last dose of DTP/DTaP/Td beginning at age 11
  • Female students enrolling in grades six, seven or eight - Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV)

Parents and guardians that do not wish to have their child receive the HPV vaccine for any reason can submit a HPV Opt-Out Form, located at, with the rest of their child's immunization forms. This form only applies to the HPV vaccine.

The Department of Health provides free vaccines for healthcare providers that serve Medicaid eligible children and the uninsured. DOH also provides free immunizations for uninsured and under-insured District residents at its express clinic located at 6323 Georgia Ave. NW, Suite 305. For more information about childhood immunizations, contact DOH's immunization clinic at 202-576-9325 or visit

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