School Year Immunization Requirements
Your child’s health is important to us at P-H-M! We believe that healthy children are in a better position to take advantage of all the educational opportunities we offer; and immunizations help ensure your child’s health and well being. Immunizations provide vital protection against diseases not only for your child, but also all the children in our community’s schools.
Immunizations may be obtained from your family doctor, St. Joseph County Health Department, or other area clinics.
The Indiana State Department of Health requires parents/guardians to provide their child’s full immunization record to the student’s school health office on or before the first day of school. In accordance with state law, parents/guardians are required to furnish—no later than the first day of school after your child’s enrollment—proof of your child’s immunization status, either as a written document from the health care provider who administered the immunizations or documentation provided from the state immunization data registry.
For the 2022-2023 school year, please furnish the immunization paperwork before the first day of school in August 17, 2022. By doing so, this will prevent any interruption to your student’s attendance at the start of the school year. Failure to do so may result in a child’s exclusion from school until the immunization requirements have been met. Click here to view the Indiana Department of Health’s required and recommended immunizations for this school year.
If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact your school’s Health Office. Click to see the list of school Healthcare Services Offices with fax numbers to send your students’ immunizations records by the start of the school year.
The COVID-19 vaccine is a recommended, not a required immunization by the IDOH. Parents are now able to schedule children, ages 6 months to 4 years, for their COVID-19 vaccine at www.ourshot.in.gov. The St. Joseph County Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic, located in the County-City Building on the 9th floor (227 W. Jefferson Blvd, South Bend), is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 8:30-11:00 a.m. Appointments are highly encouraged in an effort to decrease wait time. Parents who schedule their child’s appointment via the Ourshot website are also encouraged to pre-register prior to coming to the appointment, as that too will lessen wait time.
The IDOH has also provided Information to parents about the known link between the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and cancer; this vaccine is also recommended not required. Learn more about HPV vaccination here.
Among IDOH required immunizations are the MCV4 vaccine, which protects against Meningococcal Meningitis, and is to be administered to students entering grades 6 and 12. Click here for more information about Meningococcal Meningitis.
If you have objections to immunizations for religious or other health reasons, the forms below must be filled out and returned to your child’s school.