Immunizations

 

LD 798 Implementation, Effective September 1, 2021
 

Students enrolled in grades PreK through 12 are to be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, polio and varicella. Additionally, all students enrolled in grades 7-12 must be immunized against meningococcal disease. In May of 2019, LD 798 was signed into law which removes both philosophical exemptions and religious exemptions from the exceptions to immunization requirements. Medical exemptions are still allowed and there is an exception for those students with an Individualized Education Plan and either philosophical or religious exemption that is in place prior to Sept 1, 2021.

Maine Immunization Requirements 2021
Sample Immunization Letter to Parents
Sample Immunization Exemption Form for students with IEPs

A Medical exemption is to be provided by the parent/student and must be  a written statement from a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant that, in the licensed physician's, nurse practitioner's or physician assistant's professional judgment, immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable. 


 

2020-2021 Maine School Age Immunization Report Announcement

School Nurses can have access to Maine's statewide immunization registry as a way to easily access student immunization records. Maine Immunization Information System (IMMPact) 

SCHOOL-LOCATED VACCINE CLINIC RESOURCES  

The Maine Department of Education and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) support Maine schools and community health partners efforts to provide school located vaccines if they choose to do so. The past efforts of school nurses and community health partners has led to improved health and attendance of school-aged children.   

School-Located Vaccine Clinics Toolkit

Part I: Vaccine Eligibility 

Dose Determination for Influenza Vaccine 

Meningococcal Vaccine Health Screen & Permission Form

Tdap Health Screen & Permission Form 

Translated Health Screen & Permission Forms for Influenza Vaccine available in the following languages: (please note that the school year dates on these forms may be changed) 

Acholi  Arabic  English Chinese French Khmer   Russian 

 Somali   Spanish  Vietnamese   Portuguese(Angola) 

Please visit Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention for the most up-to-date information regarding Influenza at MaineFlu.gov