Tennessee Immunization Requirements

  • The Tennessee Department of Health establishes the immunization requirements for those who attend child care, pre-school, school, and college. The state’s immunization schedule follows the current schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Please visit the Tennessee Department of Education's Required Immunizations website for more informatin. 

Childcare - 12th Grade Immunization Requirements

  • Children Enrolling in Child Care Facilities, Pre-School, & Pre-Kindergarten

  • Children Enrolling in Kindergarten

  • All Children Entering 7th Grade (Including Currently Enrolled Students)

  • Children Who Are Newly Enrolling in a TN School in Grades Other Than Kindergarten

  • Children with Medical or Religious Exemption to Requirements

  • Homeless Students

  • Minimum Ages or Dose Intervals

  • Alternative Proof of Immunity for Certain Diseases

Tennessee College Immunization Requirements

    • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (2 doses of each, normally given together as MMR): if born on or after January 1, 1957 only.
    • Varicella (2 doses or credible history of disease): if born on or after January 1, 1980 only.
    • Hepatitis B (HBV) – only for health science students expected to have patient contact (before patient contact begins).
    • Meningococcal - At a minimum of 1 dose given at 16 years of age or greater if enrolling in public institution for the first time andunder 22 years of age and living in on-campus housing; private institutions set their own requirements for this vaccine.