All children under eighteen years of age that enter a California public or private elementary or secondary school for the first time or transfer between schools must present a written immunization record that includes at least the month and year of receipt of each dose of required vaccines (or an exemption to the immunization requirements). Otherwise, the child will not be allowed to attend school.

  • NEW LAW (SB 277) EFFECTIVE 2016


    Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 277 on June 30, 2015. Starting in 2016, SB 277 will:  

    • No longer permit immunization exemptions based on personal beliefs for children in child care and public and private schools;

    • Permit personal belief exemptions submitted before January 1, 2016 to remain valid until a pupil reaches kindergarten or 7th grade;

    • Remove immunization requirements for:

      • Students in home-based private schools

      • Students enrolled in an independent study program who do not receive classroom-based instruction

      • Access to special education and related services specified in an individualized education program


    Students in the above categories will still need to provide immunization records to their schools before entry, and schools will still need to report to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) the immunization status of all students at the existing checkpoints of child care, kindergarten and 7th grade.  


Immunization Requirements (K)

The following immunizations are required by California before a child can enter KINDERGARTEN:

Showing Proof of Immunizations (7th Grade)

Students who are entering the 7th Grade must show proof of the following immunizations: