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.
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.
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.
Part I: Vaccine Eligibility
Part II: Documents to Send Home
- Letter Template for Parents/Guardians
- CDC Resources for Hosting a Vaccination Clinic
- Live Intranasal Influenza Vaccine Information Sheet
- Inactivated Injectable Influenza Vaccine Information Sheet
- Vaccine Information Sheet for All Other Vaccines
- Vaccine Screening Form (available in multiple languages)
- Template Vaccine Permission Form
- After the Shot Parent Information Sheet
Part III: Clinic Guidance
Part IV: Model Emergency Plans
Part V: Vaccine Storage and Handling
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)