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Required Immunizations to Attend School

Washington state law requires any child attending in-person or online school, preschool, or child care to show proof of the required vaccines for their age. All students must have a Washington State Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) form on file. The CIS form must have the required vaccine dates listed and vaccination records must be provider verified. Please talk with your health care provider or school staff if you have questions about school immunization requirements.

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria
  • German measles (Rubella)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b disease (Hib) (Required only until age 5)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles (Rubeola)     
  • Mumps
  • Pneumococcal disease (Required only until age 5)
  • Polio (Poliomyelitis)
  • Tetanus
  • Whooping cough (Pertussis)

learn more about required vaccines for school on WASHINGTON department of health website

New Immunization Tracking System

Starting in 2023-24, Tacoma Public Schools will use a different system, the Washington State Immunization Information System (WAIIS), to update and track all immunization records for our students. The system is a secure, web-based tool for healthcare providers and schools. It connects people who receive, administer, record and order vaccines in Washington. The Washington State Department of Health administers the WAIIS system.

A student may only attend school or childcare if their immunizations are up to date and Tacoma Public Schools has received records verified and signed by their medical provider.