On January 1, 2016, Senate Bill 277 became effective. Parents or guardians of students in any school or child-care facility, whether public or private, will no longer be allowed to submit a personal or religious beliefs exemption to a currently-required vaccine.
Students attending a home-based private school or an independent study program with NO classroom-based instruction are exempt from SB 277. Additionally, students who have an individualized education program (IEP) will continue to receive all necessary services identified in their plan regardless of their immunization status. Currently the State of California requires:
5 DTap 4 Polio 4 HIB 3 Hepatitis B 2 MMR 2 Varicella
It is also recommended but not required to have 4 Prevnar and 2 Hepatitis A vaccines.
Students entering 7th grade will require a Tdap vaccine. Additionally, parents of these students are encouraged to vaccinate their child against meningitis.
Children should visit their regular health care provider as soon as possible to avoid the back-to-school rush. The Inyo County Health and Human Services- Public Health division also offers free or low-cost vaccinations to eligible children, such as those who are uninsured.
Contact your child’s doctor or the Inyo County Health and Human Services- Public Health and Prevention division for more information at 760-873-7868.
STAY HEALTHY – VACCINATE! You can also check out http://www.shotsforschool.org/ for more information.