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Immunization

Requirements

The California School Immunization Law requires that children be up-to-date on their immunizations (shots) to attend school or child care. Diseases like measles and whooping cough spread quickly, so children need to be protected before they enter.

Your child’s Immunization Record must show the date your child was given each of the following required shots:

VACCINE 2 – 3 months 4 – 5 months 6 – 14 months 15 – 17 months 18+ months 4 – 6 years 7 – 17 years 7th Grade
Polio 1 2 2 3 3 4a 4b
DTP/DTaP 1 2 3 3 4 5a 3b
Td Booster 1e
MMR 1 1 2c 1c 2c
Hepatitis B 1 2 2 2 3 3 3
HiB 1 2 2 1d 1d
Varicella
(Chickenpox)
1f
(OPV/IPV)

a) This number includes kindergarten boosters. If your child is 4-6 years old, entry requirements are met with only 3 polio and 4 DTPs if at least one polio and one DTP dose were after your child’s second birthday. Effective 7/1/99 the regulations specify the 4th birthday rather than the 2nd.
b) For children 7-17 years old, entry requirements are met with only 3 polio and 3 DTP or DT/Td if at least one polio and DTP or DT/Td were after your child’s 2nd birthday. For students age 7 and older, pertussis immunization is not required.
c) One dose on or after the first birthday is required for grades 1-12. A second dose of measles-containing vaccine will be required for students entering 7th grade effective July 1, 1999. Mumps immunization is not required for students age 7 and older.
d) One dose must be on or after the 1st birthday regardless of any doses received earlier. The HiB requirements applies only to childcare children under age 4 years and 6 months.
e) A Td booster is recommended but not required.
f) Or documentation of having had the disease.