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SB792: Daycare Facilities Immunization Law
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This year, the flu vaccine is more important than ever! Get Flu Vaccine!
Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, it's more important than ever to get flu vaccine. For more information about flu, flu vaccine and the 2020-21 flu season, visit our Influenza Season 2020-21 web page. For lists of some local flu clinics, visit our Flu Vaccine Locations web page.

COVID-19 Information and Resources
For the latest COVID-19 information and resources, including daily updates on positive cases in San Diego, please visit www.coronavirus-sd.com. That website also has specific sections with guidelines for schools and child care providers. For general questions about COVID-19, information about community resources, or if you are uninsured, go to 211sandiego.org or call 2-1-1.

For information about the requirements, which were updated January, 2021, please visit the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) ShotsforSchool website. Also, see below for information about the 2019 edition of the California Immunization Handbook.

The latest version of the California Immunization Handbook is available for download.

The 11th 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 13)
  • Medical exemptions (page 14)
  • Conditional admission (page 15)

See the appendices (pages 26-28) for 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.

For informaton about immunization requirements trainings for school and childcare staff, please contact:

Eugene Beronilla (619) 542-4048

Your child will need videos to prepare for school and college; learn more with with this video from the CDC.

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

  • Educational Flyer for Parents & Students - 7th Grade Tdap Requirement  English | Spanish

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.

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:

Eugene Beronilla (619) 542-4048

Mother Urges Adults to Get Whooping Cough Vaccine

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”

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Day Care Facilities Immunization Law (SB792)
California law requires that employees or volunteers at a day care center or day care home must be immunized against flu, pertussis and measles. Learn more at this page on the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Shots for Schools Website.

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.

Pertussis Information

Meningococcal Disease and Vaccine: What You Should Know