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Immunization Requirements

“It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it after it occurs.” 

(Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017,

For this reason, the most recent California immunization law, SB 277, was enacted.

Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Immunizations                                             

Children entering transitional kindergarten or kindergarten must have the following immunizations and proof of them prior to the first day of school or they will be excluded:

Transitional Kindergarten | Spanish

Frequently Asked Questions

7th Grade Immunizations

All students entering, advancing, or transferring into 7th grade will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster immunization (called Tdap) for school in the Fall. Your student will not be able to receive his/her class schedule without documented proof of Tdap booster.

This school immunization law affects all students in public and private schools.Pertussis is a very contagious respiratory disease that can be severe and last for months. The immunity received from early childhood immunization for Pertussis wears off over time, leaving older students and adults susceptible again to Pertussis. Immunization with Tdap can protect students, schools and communities against Pertussis. Additional immunizations if not already completed are:

  • Varicella: 2 doses for ages 13-17
  • MMR: 2 doses for ages 13-17

See above chart for 7th grade immunization requirements.

Exemption from Required Immunizations

Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 277 on June 30, 2015, which went into effect on January 1, 2016:

  • SB 277 no longer permits immunization exemptions based on personal beliefs for children in childcare and public and private schools. Medical exemptions are still valid.
  • SB 277 recognizes personal belief exemptions submitted before January 1, 2016, which remain valid until a pupil reaches Kindergarten or 7th grade
  • SB 277 applies to both private and public schools
  • SB 277 does not apply to students in home–based private schools or students who are enrolled in an independent study program who do not receive classroom-based instruction
  • The Governor’s signing message is available at:

  • Immunization laws currently in effect may be found at:

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