Washington state law requires school age children to receive specific immunizations in order to attend school. Lakewood School District works with the Washington State Department of Health to comply with state laws on required vaccinations.Click here for latest Immunization Update.
Washington state law RCW 28A.210.080 requires that all children show proof of immunization or certification of exemption to attend school. Students cannot start school without the required documentation.All students must have a completed certificate of immunization status (CIS) form on file in the school office. This form is also available in Spanish: Certificado de Estado de Inmunización. Parents/guardians must complete the form and turn it in to the school before the student can start school. Students will not be assigned to classes until the information has been turned in with the vaccines required for school attendance documented.Parents/guardians are now able to print their own child's Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) through a new web portal called MyIR. This secure online system pulls data from the WA Immunization System (IIS) and will auto populate the CIS with immunizations contained in the IIS. Parents/guardians simply need to print, sign, and submit the CIS to the school or preschool/child care. This system can be found here. We encourage parents/guardians to utilize this new system.
Vaccines Required for School Attendance
Schedule your child's vaccination appointments well in advance of the new school year to ensure that your child has received all the vaccines required for school attendance.
A list of required immunizations for school attendance is also available in school offices. Washington State Department of Health has more information about required and recommended vaccinations in both English and Spanish.
There are several school immunization requirement changes for the upcoming school year. The new 2016-17 Vaccines Required for School Attendance chart for parents/guardians and school staff has been posted here.
The main school immunization requirement changes for the 2016-17 school year include:
- Two doses of varicella vaccine will be required for all students in K-12th grade. Detailed information can be found in the Individual Vaccine Requirements Summary (IVRS). We will update the IVRS soon to give more details for the next school year.
- K-5th grade: the final dose of IPV, given on or after August 7, 2009, must be given on or after 4 years of age AND a minimum interval of 6 months from the previous dose.
Hepatitis B Requirement
- K-9th grade: Dose 3 must be given on or after 24 weeks of age; minimum interval between Dose 1 and 3=16 weeks.
- 10th-12th grade: Dose 3 must be given on or after 4 months of age; minimum interval between Dose 1 and 3=12 weeks.
DTaP, Tdap, and MMR requirements remain the same as the current school year.Free or Low Cost Vaccinations
Various Community Health Centers located throughout the Pacific Northwest provide free or low cost vaccinations to those who qualify. Please click here for link to Community Health Resources for various options. These centers are by appointment only, please call ahead.