Immunization Requirements: Preschool Through 8th Grade
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.
No Shots? No Records? No School.
Frequently Asked Question regarding the new law starting January 1, 2016: SB 277 FAQCDC Recommended Immunizations: Ages 0-6 Ages 7-18
Transitional Kindergarten Immunization: Students entering transitional kindergarten must meet the same immunization requirements as a student entering kindergarten. Questions: click here
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.Medical Exemptions:A parent or guardian must submit a written statement from a licensed physician (MD or DO only), on the physician's letterhead that states, (see parent letter here):
- That the physical condition or medial circumstances of a child are such that the required immunization(s) is not indicated.
- Which vaccines are being exempted.
- Whether the medical exemption is permanent or temporary.
- The expiration date, if the exemption is temporary.
Immunization Requirement for 7th Grade:
All students entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster immunization (called “Tdap”) and a second MMR for school entry.
This school immunization law affects all students in public and private schools.
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.Where to get the required immunizations:
For more information:
Call your family physician for an appointment.
Ventura County Public Health Offices 800-981-5221 for appointments