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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The Birds and the Bees

Image from Elizabeth Ashley Jerman via Flickr

Image from Elizabeth Ashley Jerman via Flickr

While parents may avoid having this talk, kids actually see their parents as go-to sources of information and support for these issues.  Don’t let gender, sex, and sexuality become off-limits topics in your home.

Research by Georgetown University found that knowledge gaps among very young adolescents (ages 10-14) may lead to poor sexual and reproductive health once they become adults.  The experts recommend investing in sexual and reproductive health programs and policies targeting these youngsters:

As younger adolescents experience rapid transitions to unfamiliar experiences and face life-changing situations such as leaving school, having sex, becoming parents or acquiring HIV, parents, teachers and concerned others have a narrow window of opportunity to facilitate their healthy transition into later adolescence and adulthood.

Check out these tips for talking to kids about sex from trusted sex educator and recent kid, Laci Green:


Reference: Igras SM, Macieira M, Murphy E, Lundgren R. Investing in very young adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health. Glob Public Health 2014;9:555-69. [link