Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education
revised the Maine School Immunization Requirements rule on December 20, 2016. The
changes further align Maine’s immunization rules with current national
recommendations to better protect the health of all Maine people. The following
two changes were made:
immediately, the exclusion period for varicella disease (chicken pox) has
increased from 16 days to 21 days. This means that any child who has not provided
proof of immunization or history of disease will be unable to attend school or
any school related activity for 21 days. This time period will be extended if
any further chicken pox cases occur after the first. The law requires a 21 day
exclusion period after the LAST case.
for the 2017-2018 school year, all students entering, advancing, or
transferring into seventh (7th) grade will need to receive one dose
of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine before attendance is
allowed. This requirement is for 7th grade students only; grades
8-12 are not included in this rule change.
You can find a link to the rule (Chapter
126 / 261) here:
(whooping cough) is a very contagious respiratory disease that can be severe
and last for months. The immunity received from either early childhood
immunization or pertussis disease wears off over time, leaving older students
and adults susceptible to pertussis. Immunization with Tdap can protect
students, schools and communities against whooping cough.
are providing you with this information now so that you have ample time to
schedule an appointment prior to the first day of the 2017-2018 school year.
Attached please find the Frequently
Asked Questions for more information on this new school immunization