School Immunization Requirements

One dose of Tdap given > age 7 is required for entry into 7th grade regardless of when the last Td-containing vaccine was given.

Immunization Information
Students must be current on all required immunizations to attend classes.  Contact your school nurse or Sandoval County Public Health Office for any questions concerning required immunizations for school attendance. 

Click here to access the New Mexico Department of Health immunization requirements for public school students.

The required immunizations are as follows:
DTP, DTaP, Td (Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis) Four doses; at least one must be given on or after the child’s fourth birthday.  A three-dose series is sufficient if immunization starts at 7 years of age or later.  One dose of 3-dose primary series must be Tdap, preferably the first, followed by two doses of Td.
Td/Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria booster) 1 dose Tdap is required for entry into 7th grade.  All students in grades 7-12 require proof of 1 dose of Tdap received at or after age 7.
Polio  (OPV/IPV) Four doses required; however, three doses are sufficient if the last dose is given on or after the 4th birthday.  For students in grades K-7,  the final dose is required on or after the 4th birthday.  A minimum of four weeks between doses is required, with six months required between the last two doses. 
NOTE:  Oral polio (OPV) given after April 1, 2016, is NOT valid.
MMR (Measles/Mumps/ Rubella) Two doses, the first administered on or after the child’s first birthday.  The second should be administered on/after the child’s fourth birthday; the minimum interval between the 1st and 2nd dose is 4 weeks.  
Hepatitis B Three doses with the second dose administered a minimum of four weeks after the first dose, and the third dose administered at least 16 weeks after the first dose/eight weeks after the second dose.  If the child is receiving immunization for the first time and is 11-15 years old, two-dose Recombivax HB vaccine is valid if the second dose is administered at least 16 weeks after the first dose.
Varicella (Chickenpox) Two doses required for grades K - 11; second dose should be given on or after the child's fourth birthday.
One dose 
required for 12th grade, but two doses are recommended.
Required for proof of varicella immunity:
      For K - 3rd graders:  Receipt of vaccine, titer or laboratory-confirmed diagnosis is required as proof of disease.  (Healthcare provider confirmation of disease by itself is not adequate for those grades.)
      For 4th - 12th graders:  Receipt of vaccine, written proof of immunity by a physician/healthcare provider, or laboratory titer is required.  
     For all newly diagnosed varicella cases:  Laboratory confirmation of disease is required.
Additional Immunizations Required for Preschool Students Only:
Haemophilus Influenza type B (Hib) 3 doses if 1st dose is before 12 months, 2 doses if first dose is between 12-14 months, or 1 dose between 16 - 59 months.
Not recommended after 60 months of age.
Hepatitis A One dose required by 15 months; two are recommended with at least six months between doses.  Recommended but not required after preschool.
Pneumococcal (PCV7/PCV 13) One dose PCV13 at ages 2, 4, 6 months with a booster at age 12-15 months.  Children ages 12-59 months who are not completely vaccinated for their age require one dose of PCV13.  No doses are required after 60 months of age.
An annual influenza immunization is not required for school attendance; however, many physicians now recommend that children be immunized annually against flu viruses.  Parents may wish to discuss this suggestion with their family doctor or health clinic.

The New Mexico Department of Health suggests that fifth and sixth-grade girls be vaccinated against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) to provide protection against the virus that causes cervical cancer.  Parents may wish to discuss this suggestion with their family doctor or health clinic.  This vaccination is not required for school attendance. 

Please contact your family physician, health clinic, or the school nurse at your child ’s school for more specific information about any of the required or suggested immunizations.

FREE IMMUNIZATIONS FOR CHILDREN are offered through the Sandoval County Health Commons. Please call 867-2291 to make an appointment. YOU MUST BRING YOUR CHILD'S SHOT RECORD WITH YOU! The Health Commons is located at 1500 Idalia Rd Bldg. B, Bernalillo, NM 87004 (528 and Idalia Rd.)