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Flu Season is here!
Help protect your family from the flu. Everyone 6 months and older should get flu vaccine.

Learn more about flu, flu vaccine and flu season here.

For a list of some flu vaccine clinics, click here.

Immunize children as young as four years now for transitional or regular kindergarten in the fall!

(A message from the California Department of Public Health)

Students are already registering for school this fall. Many four-year-old children in California with birthdays between September and December will be starting transitional kindergarten under a two-year program authorized under the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010.

Under California’s kindergarten immunization requirements, even four-year old children need their pre-kindergarten immunizations prior to the first day of transitional kindergarten. The federal ACIP, AAP, and AAFP recommend pre-kindergarten immunizations starting at four years of age. Make sure your patients are immunized before starting transitional or regular kindergarten!

Note: If a parent or guardian is requesting a personal beliefs exemption to a required immunization, documentation must be signed no sooner than 6 months prior to the first day of kindergarten. For more information, see www.shotsforschool.org.

Personal Belief Exemption Law
This legislation requires that a parent or guardian who wants to exempt their child from school or childcare immunization requirements to first receive information from a licensed healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of vaccinations and the risks of vaccine preventable diseases. The provider signs a standardized form (created by the California Department of Public Health) that a parent or guardian would also sign, and then turn in to the school or child care facility. The form, CDPH Form 8262 is available in English and several languages. Visit this page for links to download them.

For an FAQ with more information about the law and how it is being implemented, please click here.

Tools For School
Here is a link to assist you in getting ready for the new school year including the 7th Grade Tdap requirement.

Be prepared. Start your planning to get 6th graders vaccinated. Perhaps a check-up during Winter Break with their health care provider! Also, let parents know when and how to turn in documentation to your school.

Do you know how many incoming 7th graders have already provided documentation of their Tdap vaccination? Don't let your staff or your students be caught unprepared on the first day of school! Know how your school will collect vaccination documentation or an exemption by the time school starts!  

Still getting oriented?  Watch the 20-minute minute video for school personnel and visit the FAQs at ShotsforSchools.org. See the sites listed below for more helpful information.

Resources to Help Schools

Resources to Help Parents






Pregnant Teens Need Tdap Vaccine Protection
As part of an effort to help protect pregnant women and their unborn children from vaccine-preventable diseases like pertussis, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists maintains a website just for women about immunization. One area of emphasis is pregnant women and the immunizations they need.

Pregnant adolescents are an important part of this population. Schools can help facilitate the promotion of immunization among their pregnant adolescent students, and one of the most pressing concerns is pertussis prevention, using the Tdap vaccine.


Current California Requirements for School and Childcare Entry
Flyer in downloadable PDF with latest requirements and information.

Requesting Proper Documentation of the Required Tdap Booster Dose From a Provider
School/Child Care staff can give the letter/flyer (linked above) to parents to show their health care providers. It can help in correctly documenting the required Tdap booster dose. 

New Pertussis Booster Video PSA:     English   Spanish

Watch The Pertussis School Entry Requirement Video:  English   Spanish

The following links have been created by CDPH to assist you in protecting and educating your staff and students.

Would your staff benefit from learning more about Pertussis?
San Diego Immunization Program has created a short presentation that highlights the current state-wide pertussis epidemic and vaccine recommendations. We encourage our community partners to share this information within your own organization:

You will find flyers and posters to use within your organization by clicking here.

If you have any questions regarding immunizations for school or childcare, or if you would like an SDIP staff person to speak at your next school or childcare staff meeting or training session about the importance of vaccination, please call:

Jennifer Sterling (619) 692-8366
jennifer.sterling@sdcounty.ca.gov


Mother Urges Adults to Get Whooping Cough Vaccine
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Vaccines.gov: Consumer-Based Immunization Information Website!
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today unveiled an innovative new website to help parents and other consumers learn about the most effective way to protect themselves and their children from infectious diseases and learn about immunization. Vaccines.gov brings together the best in federal resources on vaccine and immunizations to provide consumers with easy-to-understand health information specifically for their needs.


Washing your hands often and properly with soap and warm water
is one of the best ways of protecting yourself against the flu and other contagious diseases. Here’s a podcast from the federal Centers for Disease Control for kids about the importance of handwashing, called:
“All You Have To Do Is Wash Your Hands”

Now Available:
Schools & Child Care Response Kits for Influenza
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Vaccinate B4U Graduate
is a campaign developed by the California School Nurses Organization in partnership with the California Department of Health Services to encourage high school seniors and 8th graders to get immunized before graduation.
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Happy Handwashing” Song and Video is a resource for kids, teachers, schools, partners, health educators, parents, and others.
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Parents Who Decide Not To Vaccinate Their Children Should Understand the Risks
Click here to view and download a flyer for parents about the risks and responsibilities of choosing not to vaccinate.

School Flu Guidelines Letter from County Public Health Officer
Please click here to read this letter.

Pertussis Information
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Meningococcal Disease and Vaccine: What You Should Know
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