Immunization Information

The California school immunization law requires that all children entering school receive proper immunizations to protect them from serious illness and to prevent the spread of communicable diseases: polio, measles, rubella, mumps, hepatitis B, varicella (chickenpox), diphtheria, tetanus, haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib meningitis), and whooping cough.

A child shall not be enrolled until documentation showing current immunizations is presented to the school, unless there is certification of homelessness. If there is a documented medical reason for exemption, please consult with your CA-licensed physician for the proper paperwork prior to enrollment.

Immunization Requirements

California schools are required to check immunization records for all new student admissions at Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten through 12th grade and all students advancing to 7th grade before entry. Parents must show their child's immunization record as proof of immunization.

TRANSITIONAL KINDER / KINDER THROUGH 12th GRADE


Starting July 1, 2019, admitted students need these immunizations:
Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, Tdap, or Td) - 5 doses 
(4 doses okay if one was given on or after 4th birthday.  3 doses okay if one was given on or after 7th birthday.)

Polio  (OPV or IPV) - 4 doses 
(3 doses okay if one was given on or after 4th birthday)

Hepatitis B - 3 doses
(not required for 7th grade entry)

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) - 2 doses
(Both given on or after 1st birthday)

Varicella (Chicken Pox) - 2 doses
 
7th GRADE


Starting July 1, 2019, admitted students starting 7th grade need these immunizations:
Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (TdaP) - 1 dose

(Whooping cough booster usually given at 11 years and up)



Varicella (Chicken Pox) - 2 doses

(Usually given at ages 12 months and 4-6 years)



In addition, the TK / K-12 immunization requirements apply to 7th graders who:
  • previously had a valid personal beliefs exemption filed before 2016 upon entry between TK/Kindergarten and 6th grade

  • are new admissions


A complete list of required immunizations can be found at these websites: 
California Department of Health Services website: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/cefimmunization.asp

Additional Required Health Assessments
(forms are located on Required Documents page)

Kinder/First Dental Exam (OHA)
Effective January 1, 2007, an Oral Health Assessment (OHA) by a licensed California dental health professional is required for children entering public school for the first time (at kindergarten or first grade). The OHA must be completed and returned to the school by May 31 of the year of entry. Assessments done 12 months prior to school entry also meet this requirement. Obtain the form from the school or your dental health provider. Transitional kindergarten students who submit an oral health assessment will complete this requirement. Parents or guardians may sign a waiver of this requirement, which is found on the OHA form. There is no penalty or exclusion if this requirement is not met. The parent or guardian can call 1-800-675-2229 for assistance in finding a provider for the OHA.

Physical Exam 
California’s Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program.  This requires all school aged children to have a physical exam on record with the school. Please submit a copy of your child’s medical checkup to the school when you register for kindergarten or as soon as it is completed during the kindergarten year. The health exam meets the requirement if completed within 18 months of starting 1st grade. You are required to obtain this exam by 1st grade entry to make sure that your child is healthy and ready to learn. Parents or guardians needing assistance in meeting this requirement may call 1-800-675-2229. If a physical exam is against your personal beliefs, you must sign a CHDP waiver. Students who have not met this requirement by the appropriate date may be excluded from school attendance for up to five days.

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