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Immunizations

New Law (SB 277) Effective in 2016

Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 277 on June 30, 2015. SB 277 changes immunization requirements for children entering child care or school. 

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.

  • Students will no longer be required to have immunizations for entry if they attend:

    •   A home-based private school or
    •  An independent study program with no classroom-based instruction.

However, parents or guardians must continue to provide immunization records for these students to their schools, and schools must continue to maintain and report records of immunizations that have been received for these students.  

  • The immunization requirements do not prohibit pupils from accessing special education and related services required by their individualized education programs.

  • Medical and personal beliefs exemptions will be allowed from any new immunization requirement initiated by CDPH for attendance at school or child care.

 

Students Admitted at Ages 4-6 years Need These Immunizations:

Parents must show their child's Immunization Record as proof of immunization at the time of enrollment. These immunization requirements also apply to students entering transitional kindergarten.

Students Admitted at Ages 7-17 Years Need These Immunizations:

  • Diphtheria,Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, DT, Tdap, or Td)—3 doses
    (4 doses required if last one was given before 2nd birthday)
  • Polio (OPV or IPV)—4 doses
    (3 doses OK if one was given on or after 2nd birthday)
  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)—1 dose
    (2 doses required at 7th grade)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
    (Admission at ages 7-12 years need 1 dose; ages 13-17 years need 2 doses)
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria,and Pertussis (Tdap) —1 dose at  7th grade or out-of-state transfer admission at 8th–12th grades
    (1 dose on or after the 7th birthday)

California schools are required to check immunization records for students ages 4-6 years, upon advancement or admission into 7th grade, and for students transferring from out-of-state at any age. Parents must show their child's Immunization Record as proof of immunization. 

Conditional Admission

In limited circumstances, some children who have not received one or more required immunizations may attend school while they catch up on these immunizations.

·         Children admitted with a temporary medical exemption to one or more immunization(s) as documented by California-licensed physicians (M.D. or D.O.) prior to admission: To attend school, these children should receive all vaccines except those listed in the exemption. The physician documentation should include the date by which the exemption expires. Once this expiration date has occurred, the child may continue in attendance only after the school receives documentation of receipt of the temporarily exempted vaccines.

·         Children who have received some but not all required immunization doses and are NOT CURRENTLY DUE for any doses at the time of admission. These students should NOT be admitted until they have received all doses that are currently due. If additional required doses are due later, the children may be admitted conditionally. Parent/guardian(s) must submit completed immunizations prior to the first day of school in accordance with Table 2, Section 6035.

If a child has NOT received all immunization doses which are currently due, the child should NOT be admitted until all doses currently due are received. Table 2, Section 6035  shows when doses are due. If a child has not received any dose of a required vaccine, a first dose MUST be received prior to admission.

·         Any child who is not completely immunized against a particular communicable disease may be subject to exclusion if exposed to the disease or during an outbreak of the disease.