California law requires that before children under age 18 years may be admitted to any California public school, an immunization record must be presented to school staff by the parent or guardian. An immunization record must include at least the month and year each dose was received, and be in the form of a yellow immunization card, personal record with entries made by a physician or clinic, or a school immunization record.
School children are required to be protected against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, measles, mumps, Rubella (German measles), Varicella (chickenpox), and Hepatitis B. Students who are not fully immunized according to California Department of Health Services Immunization Branch, may be admitted only on the condition that they obtain any additional immunizations within specified time periods.Immunization Requirements for School Entry Grades TK/K - 12
4-6 Years Old
Elementary School at Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten & Above
7-17 Years Old
Elementary or Secondary School
*New admissions to 7th grade should also meet the requirements for ages 7-17 years.
(OPV or IPV)
(3 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday)
(3 doses OK if one was given on or after 2nd birthday)
Diphtheria, Tetanus, & Pertussis
5 doses of DTaP, DTP, or DT(4 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday)
4 doses of DTaP, DTP, DT, Tdap, or Td(3 doses OK if last dose was given n or after 2nd birthday. At lease one dose must be Tdap or DTaP/DTP given on or after 7th birthday for all 7th-12th graders.)
1 dose of Tdap
(Or DTP/DTaP given on or after the 7th birthday.)
Measles, Mumps, & Rubella
(MMR or MMR-V)
(Both given on or after 1st birthday. Only one dose of mumps and rubella vaccines are required if given separately.)
(Dose given on or after 1st birthday. Mumps vaccine is not required if given separately)
2 doses of MMR or any measles-containing vaccine(Both doses given on or after 1st birthday.)
(Hep B or HBV)
(chickenpox, VAR, MMR-V, or VZV)
1 dose for ages 7-12 years.
2 doses for ages 13-17 years.
New Immunization Law - SB 277 - Beginning 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.