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.
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.
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
Teens Need Tdap Vaccine Protection
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
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.
Requirements for School and Childcare Entry
Flyer in downloadable PDF with latest requirements and
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
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.
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:
Sterling (619) 692-8366
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”
Schools & Child Care Response Kits for Influenza
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. more...
“Happy Handwashing” Song and Video is a resource for kids, teachers, schools, partners, health educators, parents, and others.