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Immunization Requirements

Visit Shots for Schools for more information on immunization requirements.

Children entering Kindergarten through 12th grade must have the following vaccinations:

  • 4 Polio (three doses of Polio vaccine meet the requirement if one dose was given on or after the 4th birthday).
  • 5 DTaP/Td/Tdap (four doses of DTaP meet the requirement if at least one dose was given on or after the 4th birthday.  Three doses meet the requirement if at least one dose of Tdap, DTaP or DTP was given on or after the 7th birthday {also meets the 7th-12 grade Tdap requirement}.  One or two doses of the Td vaccine given on or after the 7th birthday count towards the K-12 requirement).
  • 3 Hep B
  • 2 MMR (only doses administered on or after the 1st birthday meet the requirement).
  • 2 Varicella

Children entering 7th through 12 grades must have the following:

  • All of the above plus
  • 1 Tdap booster shot given on or after the 7th birthday.

Conditional admission

  • Your child may be admitted on a “conditional” basis if they have commenced receiving doses of all the vaccines required above and are not currently due for any doses at the time of admission.  Your child will still be required to receive the doses when they are due.
  • Or, your child may be conditionally admitted if they have received a temporary medical exemption from their doctor for all or some of the required immunizations.  A letter from your child’s physician is required.

Medical Exemptions

As of July 1, 2019, those requesting a medical exemption to a required immunization must submit a signed, written statement from a physician (MD or DO) licensed in California which states:

  • The specific nature of the physical condition or medical circumstance of the child for which a licensed physician does not recommend immunization.
  • Each specific required vaccine that is being exempted.
  • Whether the medical exemption is permanent or temporary.
  • If the exemption is temporary, an expiration date no more that 12 calendar months from the date of signing.

Please ask your physician to write a letter addressing all three bullet points above.  The letter should be written on the doctor’s letterhead and with the physician’s stamp.  It must be signed by the physician.

For further information and frequently asked questions, go to Shots for School.