List of required immunizations for 2019-20 school year in SC, NC, GA

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(WSPA) – New to the state or have a kid starting kindergarten this year? We’ve got a list of required in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia school immunizations for the 2019-20 school year.


According to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s website, the following shots — based on your child’s grade level — are required for grades 5K through 12:

  • Hepatitis B
  • DTap (tetanus, whooping cough)
  • Polio
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Tdap (whooping cough booster required before 7th grade)

To make sure your child is ready for school:

  • Schedule a well visit/physical before school starts back
  • Ask your child’s doctor or healthcare provider what vaccines they need
  • Get a new South Carolina Certificate of Immunization for each shot your kid receives
  • Give a copy of the certificate to your kid’s school

According to SCDHEC, all kids starting 5K in 2020 will need two hepatitis A shots.

Don’t have a family doctor? You can also get your kid vaccinated at the SCDHEC health departments.

To schedule an appointment, call 855-472-3432.

According to SCDHEC’s website, the only immunization exemptions allowed in South Carolina are medical and religious exemptions.

For more information on exemptions from school vaccine requirements, click here.


In North Carolina, law requires all children to receive the following immunizations for Kindergarten and 7th grade students:


  • Diptheria, tetanus, pertussis
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Haemphilus Influenzae type B Hib)
  • Hepatitus B (Hep B)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate

7th Grade:

  • Diptheria, tetanus, pertussis
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Haemophilus Influenzae type B (Hib)
  • Hepatitis B (Hep B)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Tetanus/diptheria/pertussis
  • Meningococcal conjugate

For more information and resources for parents, visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website.


Georgia law requires an immunization certificate to be on file for each child in any school or child care facility in the state.

According to a sample Certificate of Immunization from the Georgia Department of Public Health, the following vaccines are required for school or child care attendance:

  • DTP, DTaP, DT, Td
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis B
  • Tdap
  • MCV4
  • HIB (under age 5)
  • PCV (under age 5)
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Hepatitis A (Born on/after 1/1/06)
  • Varicella

See the full sample of the certificate here.

For more information on school vaccines, laws and regulations, click here.

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