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Kalispell Public Schools
Kalispell, Montana



Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccination has been recently added to the list of required immunizations in the state of Montana. For the upcoming (2015-16) school year all K-12 students will need to show proof of varicella immunity. This can be done in the following ways:

  • 2 varicella immunizations at least 3 months apart, after the age of 1 year. (Note, we will allow attendance for students who have received the first shot and waiting for the second)
  • A doctor’s note stating disease history, acceptable from MD, DO, NP, or PA
  • Positive blood titer (blood test) result

The Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) is required for students prior to attending 7th grade.  Additionally, students currently in grades 8-12 who have not yet received their Tdap booster will require a single dose.

If you have a religious objection to immunizations, you must complete and notarize the Montana Religious Exemption Form HES-113 (Dec. 2011) and provide it to the school EACH school year.

Your child will not be allowed to attend school unless documentation has been provided to the school prior to the state deadline of October 1, 2015. The sooner you can provide this information the better for the sake of your child and our schools.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call your child’s school. You may also call the Flathead City-County Health Department at 751-8110.

Thank you for helping us keep your child’s file up to date with state vaccination laws.


Kalispell Public Schools

State of Montana Health Alert Network Information Sheet

Vaccines Required for School Attendance, Preschool-12th Grade
As of October 2015




Haemophilus influenza Type B

1 dose (given on or after the 1st birthday, unless child is older than 59 months)2

None Needed

Diphtheria, Tetanus, and
(DTaP, DT, Td, Tdap)

4 doses

4 doses (one dose must be given on or after 4th birthday)3,4
1 dose of Tdap (prior to entering 7th grade)6

Polio (IPV or OPV)

3 doses

3 doses (one dose must be given on or after 4th birthday)

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella

1 dose  (dose must be given on or after 1st birthday)

2 doses (first dose must be given on or after 1st birthday, and spacing between doses is 4 weeks)

Varicella “chickenpox”

1 dose (dose must be given on or  after 1st birthday)6

2 doses (first dose must be given on or after 1st birthday, spacing between doses is 12 weeks for children under 13 years, and 4 weeks for those 13 years and older)5,6


1Per MCA 20-5-402 a preschool is defined as a facility that provides, on a regular basis and as its primary purpose, educational instruction designed for children 5 years of age or younger and that: (a) serves no child under 5 years of age for more than 3 hours a day; and (b) serves no child 5 years of age for more than 6 hours a day.

2Hib vaccine is not recommended for children older than 59 months.

3DT vaccine administered to pupils less than seven years of age is acceptable only if accompanied by a medical exemption that exempts the pupil from pertussis vaccination per ARM 37.114.705.

4A pupil 7 years or older who has not completed the DTaP requirement must receive additional doses of Td/Tdap vaccine to reach a minimum of 3 doses of any combination of DTaP, Td, Tdap or DTP per ARM 37.114.705.

5While it is not recommended, if a child younger than 13 years receives their second dose of varicella at an interval of 4 weeks or longer, the dose does not need to be repeated.

6As of October 1, 2015 pupils are required to have varicella vaccine and all pupils 7th -12thgrade must have a Tdap vaccine.

Note: A four day grace period may apply, as appropriate, per the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) recommendations.

Source: http://dphhs.mt.gov/Portals/85/publichealth/documents/Immunization/2015/Vaccine%20Requirements%20Oct%202015.pdf 

The Flathead County Health Department Immunization Clinic is located at:
1035 1st Ave W
1st Floor
No child will be denied vaccine due to inability to pay.
For more information on immunization: