Immunization Requirements for Grades K-8
Each student enrolling for the first time in the district school, preschool, or child care and development program, shall present an immunization record from any authorized private or public health care provider certifying that he/she has received immunization in accordance with State law. Students shall be excluded from school or exempted from immunization requirements only as allowed by law.
2018-2019 School Year: Guide to Immunizations Required for School Entry Grades TK/K-12 - Spanish
2019-2020 School Year: Guide to Immunizations Required for School Entry Grades TK/K-12 - Spanish
New Regulations (starting July 1, 2019) Frequently Asked Questions
Personal Beliefs Exemption:
Starting January 1, 2016, parents or guardians of students in any school or child-care facility, whether public or private, will no longer be allowed to submit a personal beliefs exemption to a currently-required vaccine.
Personal beliefs exemptions filed at a school or child-care facility before January 1, 2016 will remain valid until the student enrolls in the next grade span, typically at kindergarten or 7th grade.
Personal beliefs exemptions filed in 2015 are only valid when signed by both an authorized health care provider and a parent/guardian no more than 6 months prior to first entry into school or child care or a new grade span. Therefore, personal beliefs exemptions filed in 2015 are invalid for children first entering child care or school in California in the fall of 2016.
A parent or guardian must submit a written statement from a California licensed physician (MD or DO only), on the physician's letterhead that states,
- The specific nature of the physical condition or medical circumstance of the child for which a licensed physician does not recommend immunization.
- Each specific required vaccine that is being exempted.
- Whether the medical exemption is permanent or temporary.
- If the exemption is temporary, an expiration date no more than 12 calendar months from the date of signing.
Immunization Requirement for 7th Grade:
All students entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade for the 2019-2020 school year and beyond will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster immunization (called “Tdap”), a second MMR, and a second Varicella for school entry.
This school immunization law affects all students in public and private schools. If your child currently has a Personal Belief Exception (PBE) on file it will not longer be valid entering the 7th grade. Your child must be completely immunized for all the required immunizations for this age group.
Pertussis is a very contagious respiratory disease that can be severe and last for months. The immunity received from either early childhood immunization or pertussis disease wears off over time, leaving older students and adults susceptible again to pertussis. Immunization with Tdap can protect students, schools and communities against pertussis.