Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine Secondary School Requirement

The Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Immunization, has completed the administrative rules process to require tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine for students enrolling in 7th grade. The administrative rule change is effective January 16, 2013 and will be implemented at the beginning of the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. The Immunization Program has developed a variety of materials regarding the new requirement which are available at the links below. You will also find these resources on the Program’s webpage.

Immunization Partner Letter
Tdap Vaccine Secondary School Requirement Fact Sheet
Immunization Requirements Table
Certificate of Immunization with the Immunization Requirements Table

The mission of the Immunization Program is to decrease vaccine-preventable diseases through education, advocacy, and partnership. Our Program is committed to keeping you informed of changes and looks forward to working with you during the implementation of the new requirement for the upcoming school year. If you have questions regarding this change, contact the Immunization Program at 1-800-831-6293.