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Key Points Immunizations
The California School Immunization Law requires that children be up-to-date on their immunizations to attend school or child care.
All pupils must present an immunization record. This record is either a personal record with entries made a physician or clinic, a school immunization record known as the blue California School Immunization Record (PM 286) from a former school, or another state's school record.
All pupils must be show evidence of adequate immunization before entering school with the exception of children in homeless situations.
An immunization record must indicate at least the month and year the vaccine was administered.
A child lacking one or more required vaccine dose(s) but not currently due for a dose, may be admitted as "conditional" and are to comply with requirements when the dose(s) are due. Pupils who fail to complete the series of required immunizations within the specified time will be denied attendance until the series has been completed.
Immunization exemptions are allowed under the following conditions:
A signed physician's statement verifying that the child is to be exempt from immunizations for medical reasons. This must contain a statement identifying the specific nature and probable duration of the medical conditions.
A parent may request exemption of their child from immunization for personal beliefs by signing the California School Immunization Record.
If an outbreak occurs and a pupil is not immunized or is not adequately immunized, he/she could be excluded from school under the direction of the Public Health Department.
Refer to the Child Immunization Requirement link (click here) for access to the California Department of Health Services, Immunization Branch and for other information relevant to communicable diseases.
Guide to Immunizations Required for School Entry - Grades K-12
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