Child Care, School and University Requirements

Keeping children healthy and in the classroom benefits everyone. As kids begin to grow, they may be around other kids and adults who may or may not be vaccinated; one of the best ways to keep your child healthy is keeping up-to-date with immunizations. Nevada law requires immunizations for child care, school, and university entry unless excused because of religious belief or medical condition.

Check here to find out which immunizations are required for child care in the state of Nevada. 

Check here to find out which immunizations are required for school in the state of Nevada.

University Immunization Requirements

Per Nevada state law, unless excused because of religious belief or medical condition a person shall not attend a university until they submit to the university proof of immunity to Tetanus, Diphtheria (Td or Tdap), Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR). If person is less than 23 years of age and enrolled as a freshman, this person shall not attend university until he or she submits to the university proof of immunity against Meningitis. Vaccination with at least one dose of a quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY) on or after age 16 years will satisfy this requirement.

University is defined as any university within the Nevada System of Higher Education or any private post-secondary educational institution. 

Updated Requirements for Child Care or Accommodation Facilities

It is now necessary for children being admitted to child care or accommodation facilities in Nevada to receive all required vaccines at the youngest recommended age per the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Any child who is behind on Nevada's required immunizations must be brought up-to-date utilizing the ACIP Catch Up Schedule to continue to attend the child care/accommodation facility. 

Verification of Varicella Immunity for School and Child Care Entry

A child being admitted to child care or enrolling in public, charter, or private school in Nevada after June 30, 2018, must have age appropriate vaccination or other proof of immunity to Varicella. This requirement does not apply to children enrolled and/or admitted to school or child care before June 30, 2018. A written statement from a physician attesting to a person's positive history of Varicella or laboratory proof of Varicella immunity is acceptable in lieu of Varicella vaccination documentationn. If a parent or guardian cannot provide confirmed history of disease, or if laboratory proof of immunity is not available, the Varicella vaccine requirement must be met.