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Immunization Requirements

For information regarding changes for the 2023-2024 school year, see the Updated 2023 Child Care and 2023-2024 School Year Immunization Requirements. Materials for school and child care assessments will be updated prior to their 2023 assessment cycles.
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Before vaccines, many children died from diseases that are now rare in the United States. Vaccines are our best protection against serious, sometimes deadly, diseases. To protect our children, Wisconsin law requires all students to do one of the following:

  • Show proof they got required vaccines.
  • Provide a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

All schools, childcare centers, and other public health agencies must follow vaccine laws. We work together with these groups to protect the health of our children.

School law requirements

Find resources and requirements for the 2022-2023 school year below or watch our Wisconsin Student Immunization Law presentation.

DHS offers details on immunization laws:

School administrators may use these tools from DHS to track vaccine requirements:

You can collect parental or guardian consent to vaccinate their child at school using the Authorization to Receive Tdap, MCV4, HPV, and/or Influenza Vaccines, F-00048.

Search for your school’s Local Education Agency (LEA) code and school code. You can search by district, public school, or private school:

Child care requirements

Each January, DHS sends a letter to child care directors (PDF) outlining vaccine requirements and steps to prepare for the Child Care Assessment.

The Wisconsin Child Care Immunization Assessment, P-44329 (PDF) booklet has all the details child care centers need to complete the annual assessment. The latest version of the Child Care Assessment booklet is published in the spring. The assessment is due at the end of spring each year. The specific deadline and website information to submit the assessment is included in the Child Care Assessment booklet.

According to state law, child care centers should require all parents to keep their immunization records up to date. Use this form to meet the requirement: Child Care Immunization Record, F-44192.

Here are the latest results, made available after the close of each school year: Child Care Immunization Assessment Results, Wisconsin, P-01445 (PDF).

This document helps parents understand vaccines needed for their child to attend a child care center: Child Care Immunization Assessment, P-02047 (PDF).

Give parents the Child Care Immunization Record, F-44192 so they can keep their immunization records up to date. Parents can access their child’s immunization record from the child’s doctor or through the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR).

The Wisconsin Immunization Program, Immunization Action Coalition, and Vaccinate Your Family have resources to answer parent and guardian questions about vaccines.

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Last revised February 28, 2023