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Published on November 09, 2016. Last modified on October 10, 2019

New California Child Care and School Immunization Regulations Go into Effect on July 1, 2019

Post Date:05/30/2019

Beginning July 1, 2019, new school immunization regulations in California will bring school-required immunizations in closer alignment with the immunization schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The recent increase in measles in California and other parts of the country underscores the importance of protecting children from serious diseases that can be safely prevented.

Starting in 2019-2020 school year, in addition to current immunization regulations, new school immunization regulations will impact the following groups of students:

  • Students entering Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten (K), advancing into 7th grade, or are newly admitted or newly transferred to a TK or K through 12 school will need to show proof of 2 (rather than 1) doses of chicken pox (varicella) vaccine.
  • Students newly admitted or newly transferred to a K through 6 and 8 through 12 school will need to show proof of 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and 3 doses of hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccine.

Don’t wait to update your child’s immunizations. Act now to prevent delays in your child starting school this fall:

  • Make an appointment with your child’s pediatrician for back-to-school immunizations.
    • Don’t wait until August to make an appointment. Your medical provider’s office may be very busy right before school starts, and you may not be able to get an appointment for several weeks.
  • Talk to your medical provider about what immunizations your child needs.
    • Write down any questions you might have about immunizations and bring them to your appointment.
  • Keep a copy of your child’s immunization record.
    • Ask your medical provider for a copy at each immunization visit.
    • Make a copy for your child’s school or daycare and keep a copy for your personal records.
  • Research vaccines and vaccine safety on reputable websites like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/vaccines/), the California Department of Public Health (www.shotsforschool.org), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (www.healthychildren.org).

Immunizations are widely available throughout Monterey County, and many insurances cover the cost of childhood vaccines.  If your child does not have insurance, your child may qualify for the Vaccines for Children program. To find a Vaccines for Children provider near you, visit http://eziz.org/vfc/provider-locations/.  Immunizations can also be found at walk-in clinics, pharmacies, and other vaccine service provider locations.  To find a location near you, visit the HealthMap Vaccine Finder website at https://vaccinefinder.org/

For more information about immunizations and school requirements, contact the Monterey County Health Department’s Immunization Program at 831-755-4683 or visit the Shots for School website at www.shotsforschool.org.

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