School Starts Soon—Is Your Child Fully Vaccinated?

School Starts Soon—Is Your Child Fully Vaccinated?


School age children, from preschoolers to college students, need vaccines. 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.

Your state may require children entering school to be vaccinated against certain diseases, such as pertussis. If you’re unsure of your state’s school requirements, check with your child’s doctor, your child’s school, or your health department.

Making sure that children of all ages receive all their vaccinations on time is one of the most important things parents can do to ensure their children’s long-term health―as well as the health of friends, classmates, and others in the community.

It’s true that some vaccine-preventable diseases have become very rare thanks to vaccines. However, outbreaks still happen. For example, preliminary data through late July 2012 show that more than 20,000 cases of whooping cough (pertussis) have already been reported in this country and many more cases go unreported. During this time, 9 deaths have been reported—all in children younger than 1 year of age. Outbreaks of pertussis at middle and high schools can occur as protection from childhood vaccines fades.

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The information below is to help parents in California learn about the required immunizations for the 2012-13 School Year.

What immunizations does my child need for school?
Immunization required for 7th grade:

  • Tdap (pertussis booster)

Immunizations required to enter Kindergarten:

  • Polio
  • DTaP
  • MMR
  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)

For more information about the required number of doses and ages that vaccines must be given, review the Guide to Immunizations Required for Grades K-12.

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