Immunization Updates

Significant Change in Immunizations Required for School Year 2016

On June 30, 2015, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 277 requiring all Kindergarten and 7th grade to show proof of immunization in order to enroll in school, public or private. Most notably, while the law still allows for medical exemptions with proper documentation, the new law no longer permits immunization exemptions based on personal beliefs (PBE) for child in child care programs and in public and private schools. Beginning July 1, 2016, child care programs, public schools and private schools shall not unconditionally admit to any of those institutions for the first time, or admit or advance any pupil to 7th grade level, unless the pupil has been immunized for his or her age as required by this law.
 

Every child should be able to attend school without the threat of contacting a preventable contagious disease. Chronically ill and immunocompromised students are unable to be vaccinated and are therefore protected from significant health risks only through the community-minded efforts of others who do not have a medical contraindication to vaccination.

 

If you are not sure if your child’s vaccine records are up to date, you can contact you child’s school directly. All the required immunizations are approved for the routine schedule to be administered at 4 years of age, and typically are part of a routine 4 year old well child visit. There will be no exemptions made for parents who choose to delay vaccines unless a physician has signed a medical exemption.

 

Students Admitted to Kindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten (at Ages 4-6 years) Need These Immunizations:

 

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTPaP, DTP, or DT) – 5 doses (4 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday)
  • Polio  (OPV or IPV) – 4 doses (3 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday)
  • Hepatitis B – 3 doses
  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) – 2 doses (Both given on or after 1st birthday)
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) – 1 dose

 *Tdap may be administered to children on or after 7th birthday and is required to enter 7th grade.

Parents must show their child’s Immunization Record as proof of immunization. Note that these immunization requirements apply to students entering transitional Kindergarten and/or Kindergarten. If your child is unvaccinated, including for medical reasons, and there is a disease outbreak, the school may be ordered by the Health Department to temporarily exclude your child from school for his/her protection.

Recently updated materials include:


The California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch has made changes to the resources and information available on www.shotsforschool.org about personal beliefs exemptions (PBE) to reflect the new law.