Student Medical Examinations

Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.2 (l) each district board of education shall ensure that students receive health screenings.


Immunization Requirements for School-Age Youth  School districts are required to annually review the immunization records of all students, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:162.2(a), and it is the responsibility of the certified school nurse to review all immunization records under N.J.A.C. 6A:162.3(b)3v.


The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) provided additional information to schools through broadcast memos regarding enrollment considerations for immigrant students and enrollment of students displaced (homeless) by natural disasters.


Immunization Status Report  N.J.A.C. 8:57-4 requires all schools, including licensed childcare centers and preschools, to submit an Annual Immunization Status Report (IMM-7) to the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), Vaccine Preventable Disease Program (VPDP) by January 1 of each academic year.  

Transfer Students

Transfer students, from another school in the state of New Jersey, are required to have up to date immunizations and documentation of a physical upon entry to a New Jersey school.  Students transferring from out-of-State or out-of-country must provide documentation of up to date immunizations and a current physical examination.  Students transferring from a country with high TB incidence are required to have a Mantoux Test (a skin test for tuberculosis) before entry to school.

Immunization Requirements

Students are required to have the following immunizations as mandated by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. A physician's statement showing the specific dates (i.e., month, day and year) of each vaccine must be provided.

Influenza: One annual dose for all pre-school students age 36 to 59 months given between September 1 and December 31.

A student may be exempted from mandatory immunizations if there is a medical exemption from a licensed physician or certified nurse practitioner.  A parent /guardian may request a religious exemption by submitting a written statement to the school which explains how the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the pupil's exercise of religious tenets and practices.  

If a threatened or actual outbreak, as determined by the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services or his/her designee, all pupils with provisional, religious or medical exemptions (which relate to the specific disease threatening or occurring) shall be excluded for a specific period of time or until the outbreak is declared over.  If these pupils become immunized or produce serologic evidence of immunity to the specific disease they may be immediately readmitted to school.

Immunization Requirements - NJDOE.pdf

NJDOE Immunizations Chart