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Immunizations

Maine law requires that children in grades Kindergarten through 5th, complete the following immunizations: Polio, four doses (three if the third is given after the 4th birthday), DTP or DtaP, 5 doses (four if the fourth is given after the 4th birthday), MMR, 2 doses and Varicella (chicken pox) before attending school.

Immunizations are required unless the student is exempted for medical (requires a note from a doctor) or religious or philosophical reasons (requires yearly written statement from parent/legal guardian). Non-immunized students may be excluded from school in case of an outbreak of a disease for which the student lacks immunization. Questions concerning these requirements may be directed to the school nurse or the Portland Public Schools Central Office.

If your child receives immunization updates during the school year, please bring a copy of the updates to the school nurse for inclusion in your child’s school health record.