Maine School Immunization Laws require that all students produce an acceptable record/certificate of immunization or written evidence of medical, religious, philosophical or personal exemption to immunization, updated annually.
Required for Kindergarten entry:
5 DTaP (4 DTaP if 4th is given on or after 4th birthday)
4 Polio (if 4th dose given before the 4th birthday, an additional age appropriate IPV should be given on or after the 4th birthday)
2 MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
1 Varicella (chickenpox) or reliable history of disease
Required for 7th grade entry:
1 Meningococcal Conjugate (MCV4)
Required for 12th grade entry:
2 MCV4, only one dose is required if the 1st dose is given on or after 16th birthday
Non-immunized students shall not be permitted to attend school or school activities unless one of the following conditions is met:
- The parents/guardians provide to the school written assurance that the child will be immunized within 90 days of enrolling in school or his/her first attendance in classes, whichever date is earlier. This option is available only once to each student during their school career; or
- The parents/guardians provide a physician’s written statement each year that immunization against one or more diseases may be medically inadvisable (as defined by law/regulation); click here to download the medical immunization exemption form; or
- The parents/guardians state in writing each year that immunization is contrary to their sincere religious belief or for philosophical reasons; click here to download the religious/philosophical immunization exemption form.
(For additional information about vaccines and vaccine safety contact the Immune Action Coalition at: http://www.immunize.org)