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CELEBRATE INFANT AND TODDLER IMMUNIZATION
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), was April 16 through 23, and is followed by Toddler Immunization Month (TIM) in May. These observances are celebrated each year to remind everyone of the importance of routine immunizations for children from birth to 2 years of age. To learn more and to view and download a wealth of immunization awareness resources, visit our NIIW/TIM Web page.


THE 2016 VERSON OF CA IMMUNIZATION HANDBOOK NOW AVAILABLE!

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced the release of the updated 2016 version of the California Immunization Handbook.

The 9th Edition of the Handbook (aka “Blue Book”) features all of the information you need to implement California child care and school immunization requirements, including updates on:

  • Senate Bill 277 and personal beliefs exemptions (page 7)
  • Medical exemptions (page 8)
  • Conditional admission (page 10)

Don’t miss the appendices (pages 20-23) with links to helpful resources and materials, such as:

The California Immunization Handbook and complementary tools are available electronically at: http://www.shotsforschool.org/laws/records-forms/. You are welcome to print specific parts or the entire handbook as a handy reference. Hard copies of the handbook are not available at this time.

CDPH will continue to update the resources, tools, and information posted on ShotsforSchool.org, so local health departments, child-care facilities, and schools will always have the latest information at your fingertips.

Thank you for your efforts in ensuring California’s kids are immunized.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEW IMMUNIZATION EXEMPTION LAW (SB277)

For information about the new law, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2016, please visit the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) ShotsforSchool website.

Click here to see a sample letter schools can use to inform parents about the new law.

Additional information from CDPH about the implementation of the law is expected in the coming months.


CELEBRATE THE SAN DIEGO IMMUNIZATION COALITION'S 25th ANNIVERSARY!
On Friday, April 15, 2016, join us for the San Diego Immunization Coalition 25th Anniversary Summit. For a quarter-century, the Coalition has been a key source for information, collaboration and strategies to promote immunization and increase immunization rates throughout San Diego County.

The event, Celebrating Then. Now. Next., will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the San Diego Central Library and will highlight past and current successes as well as the vision for the future. Dr. Sarah Royce, Chief of the Immunization Branch of the California Dept. of Public Health will be Keynote Speaker.

For more information, including how to register, visit https://sdic-spring-summit-2016.eventbrite.com.



FLU SEASON CONTINUES. ARE YOU PROTECTED?
Local influenza activity continues and more flu deaths have been reported (see this link to the County of San Diego News Center story). Learn about how to protect your health and the health of family, friends and those around you. Information about some flu immunization clinics is now available. To learn more, please visit out Flu Information Page.


INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEW DAY CARE FACILITIES IMMUNIZATION LAW (SB792)
On Sept. 1, 2016, a new law will take effect in California which requires that people employed or volunteering at a day care center or day care home must be immunized against influenza, pertussis and measles. A fact sheet for day care centers and family day care homes can be viewed and downloaded here.


 Learn what schools and childcare providers can do to prevent the flu. Material and tools are available.



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 Exemptions No Longer Accepted
Due to changes in the School Immunization Law as of Jan. 1, 2016, Personal Belief Exemptions to immunization requirements for school and child care are no longer accepted. For much more information, including lists of Frequently Asked Questions about the changes and how they affect child care and school staff, students and parents, please visit the California Department of Public Health Shots for School Exemptions web page.

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?  Check out this page on the California Department of Public Health's ShotsforSchool website for information and resources. And 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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