Ongoing Tdap Requirement for 7th Graders:
7th graders need a whooping cough (pertussis) shot before starting the school year.
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Urges Parents to Vaccinate
Letter from CDE and CDPH.
Will all children with existing vaccination exemptions on file be required to file a new form?
Usually not. Children do not need to file a new exemption form unless they are being newly admitted into a public or private:
- Child care facility
- Entering or advancing in to the 7th grade; or
- Transferring from out-of state into California.
Children transferring from one grade school in California to another school in California and not starting kindergarten or 7th grade for the first time do not need to provide a new exemption form, as their exemptions from the prior schools should be part of the records being transferred to the new schools.