What is Community Based Outreach?

Our Community Based Outreach team keeps children, their families, and their communities healthy by ensuring compliance with Philadelphia’s immunization requirements. We contact parents of infants whose immunization history is not recorded in the PhilaVax IIS and investigate if child is receiving vaccinations. Our outreach team help keep families safe by explaining the importance of vaccinations and informing them what vaccinations are required for day care and public-school enrollment.

The outreach team also maintains relationships between school nurses and day care facilities, and provides them the information and tools needed to keep compliant with city and state immunization laws.

What are Philadelphia’s Childhood Immunization Requirements?

The City of Philadelphia and School District of Philadelphia require that all children entering Philadelphia public schools and private and public childcare group settings receive vaccinations.

School Immunization Requirements

Before attending any Philadelphia schools, students from all grade levels must have received the following vaccines:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus & Acellular Pertussis  (DTaP)
  • Polio (IPV)
  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis B (Hep B)
  • Chickenpox (Varicella)

In addition to the above vaccines, before entering the 7th grade Philadelphia students must receive these additional vaccines:

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Acellular Pertussis (Tdap)
  • Meningococcal Conjugate (MCV4)

In addition to the above vaccines, before entering the 12th grade Philadelphia students must receive these additional vaccines:

  • Meningococcal Conjugate (MCV4)

Childcare Facility Immunization Requirements

The City of Philadelphia passed a Board of Health requirement in 2019 that requires all children ages 6 months to 5 years of age, who attend any public or private childcare group setting, to receive one dose of a licensed influenza (flu) vaccine.  Additionally child care providers must ensure that all children enrolled in their care receive all routinely recommended vaccines as detailed in the Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule.