Heart Prints Immunization Documentation

February 05, 2015

HeartPrint Parents:

We have had several inquiries about our immunization policy here at Heart Prints. Based on recent reports of current outbreaks, we feel it is appropriate to clearly state our policy regarding vaccination requirements to attend HeartPrints. We also recommend reading a recent article on related topics HERE>

Immunizations Requirements for Preschool and Kindergarten Entry:

To prevent the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, the Pennsylvania Department of Health suggests that children entering child care, preschool and school meet requirements for immunization against certain diseases. The child care/preschool and school requirements are not as comprehensive as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations.

We encourage you to make sure your children receive all of the CDC recommended vaccines in addition to the ones required for child care/preschool and school entry.

If your child is entering child care, preschool,  or kindergarten parents must show proof of the following immunizations requirements

Immunization Documentation

Parents or guardians must present an immunization record showing the child is protected by age-appropriate immunization against:

  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Polio
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis
  • Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Pneumococcal

Exemptions

While there are exemptions to the immunization requirements, child care providers and parents need to be aware that unvaccinated children are not the only ones at risk for contracting disease. When parents choose not to immunize, their decision affects every other child in that child care facility as well as their own child.

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Child care facilities usually care for children of different ages and the younger children must rely on the older children to be immunized because some immunizations, like measles and chickenpox, cannot be given until a child is one year old. Other immunizations require multiple doses before a child builds up full immunity, and some children are not able to be vaccinated.  These vulnerable children depend upon “herd immunity” for protection.  It is our policy that every child be vaccinated upon entry to our facility.  It is our right to decide whether to accept an unimmunized child into their facility.

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Exemptions to the vaccination requirement include:

  • A certification by a physician, certified nurse practitioner, or physician assistant that immunization is not appropriate for a stated medical reason.
  • Vaccinations have reduced the number of infections from vaccine-preventable diseases by more than 90%! Yet many parents still question their safety because of misinformation they’ve received. That’s why it’s important to turn to a reliable and trusted source, including your child’s doctor, for information.
  • HELP US KEEP ALL CHILDREN SAFE.
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