To enter into public and private elementary and secondary California schools (grades kindergarten through 12, including transitional kindergarten), children under age 18 years must have immunizations.
CDC has online resources and tools to help parents and doctors make sure all kids are up to date on recommended vaccines and protected from serious diseases.
VISIT THE CDC’S VACCINE WEBSITE FOR PARENTS AT: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/index.html
Make sure your children are up-to-date on vaccines before sending them back to school. School-age children, from preschoolers to college students, need vaccines. Use CDC’s online resources and tools to check the recommended vaccines for your children. Get your children to the doctor if you discover they need vaccines to protect them against serious diseases.
What All Parents Need To Know
Making sure that children of all ages receive all their vaccinations on time is one of the most important things you can do as a parent to ensure your children’s long-term health—as well as the health of friends, classmates, and others in your community.
To keep children in schools healthy, California requires children going to school to be vaccinated against certain diseases, such as whooping cough. If you’re unsure of California’s school requirements, now is the time to check with your child’s doctor, your child’s school, or your health department. That way, you can get your child any vaccines he or she needs before the back-to-school rush.
Disease Outbreaks Still Happen
It’s true that some vaccine-preventable diseases have become very rare thanks to vaccines. However, outbreaks still happen. For example, data from 2012 show that more than 48,000 cases of whooping cough (pertussis) were reported in this country and many more cases go unreported. During that year, 20 deaths were reported—the majority of which were in children younger than 3 months of age. Outbreaks of pertussis at middle and high schools can occur as protection from childhood vaccines fades.
Making sure your children stay up to date with vaccinations is the best way to protect your communities and schools from other outbreaks that can cause unnecessary illnesses and deaths.