Mississippi State Department of Health

Back to School Immunizations


A checklist for parents and teens on starting or returning to school.

Childhood Vaccinations

No decision is more important than protecting your child from childhood diseases.

Children entering a Mississippi school (from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade) for the first time are required to have had the following vaccinations.

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

If your child is entering the seventh grade, either by advancing or transferring in, a pertussis (Tdap) booster is now required if they have not received a Tdap vaccination since the age of seven.

Vaccinations are available from the health department clinic in any county, or from your medical provider.

Birth Certificates

Students entering school for the first time will need a certified copy of their birth certificate. You can order one through our web site, or contact your county health department or our Vital Records division at 601-206-8200.

Adolescents' Vaccinations

In addition to Tdap, recommended adolescent vaccinations include Meningococcal and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.

College Student Vaccinations

College immunization requirements are established by the Mississippi Institute of Higher Learning. Students should check with their college for required immunizations.

Most immunizations are given early in childhood or early adolescence, but college students and young adults need vaccinations, too. Certain vaccinations are specifically recommended for young adults age 19 through 26.

MSDH Immunization Registry

The MSDH Immunization Registry records immunizations received by individuals from public clinics and participating private doctors. Records for many adults and most children are available there for parents and qualified professionals. To get immunization records for yourself or a child, call your county health department or the MSDH Immunization Office at (601) 576-7751.

Staying Healthy

Returning students will be spending their days in crowded settings where germs can spread easily. Simple precautions can keep kids healthy.


Links referenced on this page
Locate county health departments    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/19,0,166,html ok
More about childhood immunizations    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,71,html ok
More about birth certificates    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/31,0,109,html ok
HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and HPV Vaccination    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,71,339,html ok
Meningococcal Disease Facts    http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/about/
Meningococcal: Who Needs to Be Vaccinated    https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/mening/public/index.html
Tdap Vaccines for Pre-Teens and Teens    http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/diseases/teen/tdap.html
College Student Vaccinations    http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/index.html
county health department    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/19,0,166,html ok
Visit the Mississippi Immunization Registry page    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/31,0,136,html ok
Handwashing how-tos    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,330,html ok

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