School Immunization Requirement Changes

A number of changes are coming to the California school immunization requirements. Although the changes become effective July 1st, 2019, it’s not too early to start preparing.

Starting in the 2019-2020 school year, changes to the California school immunization requirement regulations include, but are not limited to:

• Requiring 2 (rather than 1) doses of chickenpox (varicella) vaccine at

  • Kindergarten entry

  • 7th grade advancement

  • K-12 admission or transfer

• Requiring 2 MMR doses and 3 Hepatitis B vaccine doses at admission or transfer more uniformly throughout K-12 (age restrictions are removed)

• Medical exemptions for new admissions may be signed only by a California-licensed MD/DO

• Each temporary medical exemption may be issued for no more than 12 months

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