Information for Parents

The information below is to help parents learn about the required immunizations for school.

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)

*The immunization requirements for kindergarten also apply to students entering transitional kindergarten.

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.

Talk to your doctor about recommended childhood and adolescent vaccines or download The Parent’s Guide to Childhood Vaccines. Everyone 6 months of age and older also needs flu vaccine every year. Visit ShotByShot.org to hear stories about the diseases prevented by these vaccines.

Where can I find information about 7th grade whooping cough vaccine (Tdap) requirement?
English | Spanish | Other languages (coming soon)

What’s the difference between “Required” and “Recommended” immunizations?
Some vaccines are required for students by California law to protect their health. Your child will need clear documentation of having received these required vaccines for school.
Some vaccines are recommended by physicians and other child health experts to protect children against serious illnesses. Not all recommended immunizations are required for school, but it is still important that children receive all of them. Talk to your doctor about recommended childhood and adolescent vaccines or download The Parent’s Guide to Childhood Vaccines.

Where can I find information about exemptions to vaccine requirements?
Visit the Immunization Law page.

What if I can’t afford vaccines or my insurance doesn’t cover them?
The California Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program is a federally-funded and state-operated program that provides vaccines for eligible children at no cost. Find a VFC provider in your area using the locator below. For uninsured or underinsured patients, parents can find a list of federally qualified health centers in their area at http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC.aspx. Children enrolled in California’s Healthy Families plan receive free immunizations with no copayment.

Many local health departments offer free or low-cost vaccines. Your local pharmacy may also give Tdap and other vaccines for a fee.

For more information, consult your doctor.

More Information
For information about school health, visit the California Department of Education website.