IMMUNIZATION CHANGES FOR 2016Top of Page

New Law (SB 277) Effective in 2016

Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 277 on June 30, 2015. Starting in 2016, SB 277 will: 

  • No longer permit immunization exemptions based on personal beliefs for children in child care and public and private schools;

  • Permit personal belief exemptions submitted before January 1, 2016 to remain valid until a pupil reaches kindergarten or 7th grade;

  • Remove immunization requirements for:

    •  Students in home-based private schools

    • Students enrolled in an independent study program who do not receive classroom-based instruction

    • Access to special education and related services specified in an individualized education program

Students in the above categories will still need to provide immunization records to their schools before entry, and schools will still need to report to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) the immunization status of all students at the existing checkpoints of child care, kindergarten and 7th grade. 

  • Allow medical and personal beliefs exemptions from any new immunization requirement initiated by CDPH for attendance at school or child care.

Resources

Immunizations for SchoolTop of Page

Please visit www.shotsforschool.org for the most up to date information about immunizations for school. Transitional Kindergarten students will be held to the same shot requirements as Kindergarteners.

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

Parents must show their child's Immunization Record as proof of immunization. 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. 


New Law (SB 277) Effective in 2016

Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 277 on June 30, 2015. Starting in 2016, SB 277 will: 

  • No longer permit immunization exemptions based on personal beliefs for children in child care and public and private schools;

  • Permit personal belief exemptions submitted before January 1, 2016 to remain valid until a pupil reaches kindergarten or 7th grade;

  • Remove immunization requirements for:

    •  Students in home-based private schools

    • Students enrolled in an independent study program who do not receive classroom-based instruction

    • Access to special education and related services specified in an individualized education program

Students in the above categories will still need to provide immunization records to their schools before entry, and schools will still need to report to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) the immunization status of all students at the existing checkpoints of child care, kindergarten and 7th grade. 

  • Allow medical and personal beliefs exemptions from any new immunization requirement initiated by CDPH for attendance at school or child care.

Exemptions Permitted by California Law

  • Medical Exemption
    A licensed physician (MD or DO) who feels a vaccine is not indicated for a student because of medical reasons should submit to the school (via the patient’s family as needed) a written statement documenting the medical exemption. The school will place a copy of the completed statement in the student’s file.

Exemptions to immunization should not be taken because of convenience. Unimmunized students are at greater risk of contracting diseases and spreading them to their families, schools and communities. Schools should maintain an up-to-date list of students with exemptions, so that these students can be excluded from school quickly if an outbreak occurs.