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Immunizations

Requirements for School Entry

​The California School Immunization Law outlines the immunizations required for school entry. The school immunization requirements are not as comprehensive as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommendations. Please encourage parents to make sure their children receive all of the recommended vaccines in addition to the ones required for school entry.

For Parents and Students

Students Admitted at Ages 4-6 Years Need These Immunizations:

Parents must show their child's Immunization Record as proof of immunization. These immunization requirements also apply to students entering transitional kindergarten.

Students Admitted at Ages 7-17 Years Need These Immunizations:

  • Diphtheria,Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, DT, Tdap, or Td)—4 doses (3 doses OK if last dose was given on or after 2nd birthday)
  • Polio (OPV or IPV)—4 doses (3 doses OK if one was given on or after 2nd birthday)
  • MeaslesMumps, and Rubella (MMR)—1 dose (2 doses required at 7th grade)
  • Varicella (chickenpox) (Admission at ages 7-12 years need 1 dose; ages 13-17 years need 2 doses)
  • TetanusDiphtheria,and Pertussis (Tdap) —1 dose at  7th grade or out-of-state transfer admission at 8th–12th grades (1 dose on or after the 7th birthday)

California schools are required to check immunization records for all new student admissions at TK/Kindergarten through 12th grade and all students advancing to 7th grade before entry. Parents must show their child's Immunization Record as proof of immunization. 

More Information:

Talk to your doctor about recommended childhood and adolescent vaccines, including flu vaccine every year.

Frequently Asked Questions About Immunizations

What’s the difference between “Required” and “Recommended” immunizations?

Some, but not all recommended childhood vaccines are required by California law and regulations in order to attend school. Under the California School Immunization Law (California Health and Safety Code, Sections 120325-120375), to protect the public’s health, children are required to receive certain immunizations in order to attend public and private elementary and secondary schools, child care centers, family day care homes, nursery schools, day nurseries and developmental centers.

Not all recommended immunizations are required for school, but it is still important that children receive all of them. Talk to your doctor about other recommended vaccines, including flu vaccine every year.

What is the “recommended” immunization schedule? 

The recommended schedule lists the age or age range when each vaccine or series of shots is recommended. The pediatric immunization recommendations in the United States are developed by the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), typically in coordination with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

What if I can’t afford vaccines or my insurance doesn’t cover them?

More Questions and Answers About

California School Immunization Record (CSIR/Blue Card/PM286B)