Vaccinating Your Kids Before They Go Back to School in Kansas City

Vaccinations are an essential part of a child’s health, growth, and development. In order to keep students, teachers, and staff safe, Kansas and Missouri have strict guidelines regarding immunizations that every child must have before he or she attends school. Since it’s National Immunization Awareness Month, and school is back in session, parents need to be wary of local immunization requirements!

Kansas Immunization Requirements

Kansas requires that all children must have the following vaccinations before they enter kindergarten or start school if coming from another state that doesn’t require these vaccinations:

  • DTaP/DT/Td/Tdap (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis). A single Tdap is required for grades 7-12.

  • Polio

  • HEP B (Hepatitis B)

  • Varicella (Chickenpox)

  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

  • HIB (Haemophilus Influenza Type B). Required for children under five for preschool or school-operated child care.

  • PCV (Pneumococcal Conjugate). Required for children under five for preschool or child care operated by a school.

  • HEP A (Hepatitis A).  Required for children under five for preschool or child care operated by a school.

  • MCV4 (Meningococcal). An initial dose is recommended for children 11-12 years old, and a booster dose is recommended after 16 years of age. (Not required for school entry.)

  • Rotavirus. Not required for school entry, but recommended for children under eight months.

  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus). Recommended for children 11-12 years old, but not required for school entry.

  • Influenza (Flu). Not required for school entry, but recommended annually for children older than six months.

Missouri Requirements

Missouri has its own set of vaccination requirements for students. Like Kansas, Missouri requires vaccinations for DTaP/DT/Td/Tdap, polio, MMR, Hepatitis B, and varicella. It also strongly recommends annual flu shots but does not require them.

Test Smartly Labs: Keeping Your Kids Safe and Healthy

Test Smartly Labs proudly offers Tdap, flu, and MMR vaccinations to keep your children, their classmates, and your entire community healthy. If you can’t remember what immunizations your child has received, or you have misplaced your records, we offer titers testing to determine your child’s immunities.

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