School & Childcare Requirements for Immunizations
California law requires, that at the time of enrollment in California schools, children must have or must obtain specified immunizations (with some exceptions based on age, personal belief, or medical reasons).
Effective January 1, 2014, parents who want to exempt their child from one or more school-required immunizations due to a personal belief will need to submit a completed form prior to admission to child care, kindergarten, 7th grade, or transferring from out-of-state into California. This new form states that the required school immunizations are contrary to their beliefs and a health care practitioner has provided, and the parent has received, information about the risks and benefits of immunizations and the risks of vaccine preventable diseases.
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|Immunizations required for School Entry, K-12|
|Kindergarten Web Assessments|
|Polio||4 doses but...||3 doses meet requirement if at least one dose was
given on or after the 4th birthday
3 doses meet requirement for ages 7-17 years if at least one was given on or after the 2nd birthday.
|Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis|
|Age 6 years and under (Pertussis is required) DTaP or DTP, or any combination of DTaP/DTP with DT or Td (Tetanus and Diphtheria)||5 doses but...||4 doses meet requirements for ages 4-6 if at least one dose was given on or after the 4th birthday.|
|Age 7 years and older (Pertussis is not required)
Td, DT, DTaP, DTP, or any combination of these
|4 doses but...||3 doses meet requirement for ages 7-17 years if at least one dose was given on or after the 2nd birthday. If last dose was given before the 2nd birthday, one more (Td) dose is required.|
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)1
Given together as one injection.
1 or 2 doses2
||Must be given on or after the 1st birthday.|
||At any age.|
|Varicella (Effective 7/1/2001)||
||Required for all children entering kindergarten. Must be given on or after the 1st birthday or as an alternative, provider documentation of chickenpox disease.|
||On or after the 7th birthday.|
1 Mumps is recommended but not required for children over age 7.
2 A second dose of MMR is legally required at kindergarten entry and 7th grade entry.
|Immunizations required for Day Care Centers, Preschools, Headstart Programs, Family Day Care Homes and Calworks Eligibility|
|Instructions for Completing the Annual Childcare Immunization Report (PDF)|
|Worksheet for the Annual Childcare Immunization Report (PDF)|
|Age of Child||Number of doses required|
|Under 2 months||None required|
|2-3 months||1 Polio, 1 DTaP (or DTP), 1 Hib and 1 Hep B|
|4-5 months||2 Polio, 2 DTaP (or DTP), 2 Hib and 2 Hep B|
|6-14 months||2 Polio, 3 DTaP (or DTP), 2 Hib and 2 Hep B|
3 Polio, 3 DTaP (or DTP) and 2 Hep B
1 Hib, on or after the 1st birthday
1 MMR is needed on or after the 1st birthday
Effective 7-1-01: 1 Varicella required for all children 18 months of age and older or provider documentation of chickenpox disease
|18 months through 4 years||
3 Polio, 4 DTaP (or DTP), 3 Hep B
1 MMR given on or after the 1st birthday
1 Hib, on or after the 1st birthday
All pupils entering schools, day care, preschool, headstarts or family day care homes must present a written immunization record from a health care provider. Transfer students may present the California School Immunization Record (the blue card) from their prior school.
The record must show the month and year for each vaccine received, and month, day, and year for MMR and Hib if received in the month of the first birthday.