Shots Required for K-12

Children will not be enrolled unless an immunization record is presented and immunizations are up-to-date. Without proof of required immunizations, students will not be allowed to attend school on August 16, 2016. If your child is  not immunized due to medical reasons, click here for information about medical exemptions. Immunizations may be given at private physician’s offices or, for those without health insurance, at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health at no cost. For referrals to no-cost or low-cost immunizations, dial 2-1-1, an information line from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The District Nursing and Student Medical Services also hold regular immunization clinics for those who are uninsured, Medi-Cal recipients, or Alaskan or Native American students. The clinics are open prior to the first day of school. Click here for clinics schedule.

On June 30, 2015, Senate Bill 277 (SB 277) was signed into law. SB 277 removes the Personal Belief Exemption (PBE) option and allows exemptions from school immunization requirements only for medical reasons. SB 277 applies to students first admitted to school, child care, or entering seventh grade starting in 2016. Therefore, students entering the 7th grade must have ALL the required immunizations for 7th grade including a Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) booster prior to first day of school.  This school immunization law affects all students in public and private schools.


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?

♦   The California Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program  provides vaccines for eligible children at no cost. Find a VFC provider in your area using the locator.

♦   Underinsured children are eligible to receive VFC vaccine only through a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), or a Rural Health Clinic (RHC) under an approved deputization agreement.

♦   Many local health departments offer free or low-cost vaccines.

♦   Your local pharmacy may also give Tdap and other vaccines for a fee.