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Immunization Requirements

Information on immunization requirements for school districts and child care facilities.

SB 277

Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 277 on June 30, 2015 which changes immunization requirements for children entering child care or school. Effective January 1, 2016:

  • Parents or guardians of students in any school or child-care facility, whether public or private, will no longer be allowed to submit a personal beliefs exemption to a currently-required vaccine.
  • Students will no longer be required to have immunizations for entry if they attend:
    • A home-based private school or
    • An independent study program with no classroom-based instruction.

Shots for School Exemptions External link opens in new window or tab.
Additional information regarding SB 277.

Whooping Cough

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Vaccine Requirement
Information on whooping cough, including requirements for the Tdap vaccination and resources for local educational agencies and parents.

Additional Resources

California Department of Public Health Immunization Branch External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides leadership and support to public and private sector efforts to protect the population against vaccine-preventable diseases.

California School Immunization Laws External link opens in new window or tab.

Immunization Information for Schools and Child Care Centers External link opens in new window or tab.
Information for teachers, child care workers, and school administrators regarding laws and policies governing immunizations, as well as materials to promote immunizations to keep their student populations healthy and safe.

Immunization and Health Checkup - CalEdFacts
Part of California Department of Education's information and media guide about education in the State of California.

Questions:   Coordinated School Health & Safety Office | 916-319-0914
Last Reviewed: Monday, August 14, 2023