(Effective 6/1/2022) The BSA encourages all members of the Scouting community to utilize available vaccines that can provide protection in preventing infectious diseases.
Based on the recommendations of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), it is the national policy of the BSA that all participants attending events, activities, programs, or camps requiring an Annual Health and Medical Record (AHMR) must be up to date on all the immunizations listed as required below:
REQUIRED for everyone:
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (DTaP or Tdap)
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) (if born in 1957 or later)
- Varicella (VAR) (chicken pox) (if born in 1980 or later)
- Polio (IPV)
Although not required, the following immunizations are strongly recommended by both the BSA and the CDC. Please review your age-appropriate immunization status with your personal health care provider:
- Hepatitis A (HepA)
- Hepatitis B (HepB)
- Pneumonia (Pneumococcus): PVC13 or PPSV23)
- Influenza (annually)
- Haemophilus Influenza Type B (HIB)
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
- Meningococcus Conjugate (MenACWY)
- Meningococcus Type B (MenB)
- Shingles — Zoster recombinant (RZV)
As new vaccines become available these requirements and recommendations may be modified.
Exemptions to this immunization policy will be accepted for medical reasons as determined for each individual (e.g., those with congenital conditions, compromised immune systems, or taking certain medications). Scouts and Scouters who have been exempted from required vaccinations MUST have this documented by their personal health care provider.