New 7th - 12th grade Immunization Requirement
A new school immunization law requires all students entering 7th through 12th grades in the 2015-2016 school year in California to be immunized with a pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine booster called Tdap.
Whooping cough (pertussis) is a very contagious respiratory disease that can be severe and last for months. It has been widespread in California and many students have had to miss school because they were sick. Immunization with Tdap can protect students, schools and communities against pertussis.
By law, students who do not have proof of receiving a Tdap booster shot will not be able to start school until proof is provided to the school. (The tetanus-diphtheria booster shot, Td, will not meet the requirement.)
To make sure that your child starts school on time:
1. Get your child's Tdap shot now:
A large number of students need a Tdap shot between now and the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Make an appointment with your child's doctor or clinic for your child to get a Tdap booster shot now. Avoid the back-to-school rush.
2. Save your proof of immunization:
Be sure to keep the written proof of your child's Tdap booster shot in a safe place. Your child will need to provide proof of immunization in order to start school.
Proof of your child's vaccination may be brought into the school office beginning August 10th, between the hours of 8:00 a.m and 4:30 p.m.
For more information, please visit the Shots for School website.