The State of Illinois requires every child entering kindergarten to meet specific medical requirements. These include a physical exam, vision exam, dental exam, lead assessment by his/her doctor, and up-to-date immunizations. Every child entering kindergarten is required to present a copy of their certified birth certificate when registering for school. The physical exam form is two-sided. The top half of the backside of the form must be filled out and signed by the parent/guardian.
The following are the required immunizations for school attendance:
Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR): Two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine are required. The first dose needs to be given on or after the first birthday, and the second dose no less than four weeks (28 days) after the first.
DPT/DtaP: Four or more doses, with the last dose qualifying as a booster and received on or after the 4th birthday.
Polio: Three or more doses, with the last dose qualifying as a booster and received on or after the 4th birthday.
Varicella: Two doses of the varicella vaccine are required. The first dose of chickenpox vaccine (varicella) given on or after their first birthday, and the second dose given no less than four weeks (28 days) after the first dose. A physician can confirm past disease history in lieu of vaccination by having examined the infected child’s history or reviewing laboratory evidence.
Your child can be immunized by his/her doctor or at the Coles County Public Health Department (217-348-0530). Make your appointments early so you don't get caught in the last-minute rush! The physical may be dated one year prior to the first day of school. The dental exam may be dated on or after November 15, 2017, and the vision may be dated on or after October 15, 2017. Completed vision, dental and physical exams with lead assessment and immunizations should be brought to your child's school in early August.
If you should have any questions, please don't hesitate to call the School Health Office at 639-5017.