School Immunization Laws

The California Code of Regulations, Title 17, Division 1, Chapter 4, states:

"All children must have the required immunizations for admission and attendance at a public or private elementary or secondary school, childcare center, day nursery, family day care home, or developmental center."

Requirements for child care facilities:

2-3 months. . . . . . . . . . . . 1 each of Polio, DTaP, Hib, Hep B
4-5 months. . . . . . . . . . . . 2 each of Polio, DTaP, Hib, Hep B
6-14 months. . . . . . . . . . . 3 DTaP, 2 each of Polio, Hib, Hep B
15-17 months . . . . . . . . . . 3 DTap, 2 Hep B, 1 each of MMR, and Hib (both given on or after the 1st birthday)
18 months - 4 years. . . . . . 3 Polio, 4 DTaP, 3 Hep B, 1 each of MMR and Hib (both given on or after the 1st birthday)

To enter or transfer into public or private schools grades kindergarten - 12, children under age 18 years must have proof of the following vaccines:

Polio 4 doses at any age but 3 doses accepted if at least one does was given after the fourth birthday.
DTap, Td and or Tdap Ages 4-6: 5 doses at any age but 4 doses accepted if at least one dose was given after the fourth birthday.

Ages 7-17: 4 doses at any age but 3 doses accepted if at least one dose was given after the second birthday.
MMR 2 doses both on or after the first birthday.
Hepatitis B 3 doses
Chickenpox 1 dose (2 doses needed if no vaccine give before 13th birthday).
Vaccine not needed with doctor's records of chickenpox disease. Children who entered any California school prior to July 2001 are exempt from the chickenpox requirement but vaccine is recommended.

The law allows parents/guardians to choose an exemption from immunization requirements based on their personal beliefs or for a physician to indicate the need for an exemption due to a valid medical condition that prohibits immunizations.

The law requires schools, childcare centers, and family child care homes to enforce immunization laws, to maintain immunization records of all children enrolled and to submit annual reports to the local health department.