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Tahoe Forest Hospital urges awareness of school immunization laws

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The California School Immunization Law (SB277) requires that children be up-to-date on their immunizations (shots) to attend school this fall.

Vaccine-preventable diseases like measles spread quickly, so children need to be protected before they begin school. If your child needs immunizations for school, now is the time to schedule an appointment.

California schools, both public and private, are required to check immunization records for all students entering: day care or preschool; transitional kindergarten or kindergarten; new students entering 1st through 12th grade; and all students advancing to 7th grade.

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Many immunizations consist of multiple doses that must be administered over a period of time that often takes a few months. If your child needs to catch up on immunizations, please start now.

Remember, if a child has not received all immunization doses that are currently due, the child cannot begin school. If your child has started a vaccine series they may attend school conditionally, as long as they receive the remaining required immunizations in accordance with the law.

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Personal Belief Exemptions (PBEs) filed after January 2016 will no longer be an option for the vaccines that are currently required for entry into school or childcare in California.

PBEs filed before January 1, 2016 will remain valid until the student enrolls in the next grade span, typically at transitional kindergarten/kindergarten or 7th grade.

If a licensed physician (Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) determines a vaccine should not be given because of medical reasons, a written statement from the physician for a medical exemption for the missing shot(s), including the duration of the medical exemption, can be submitted to the school.

The American Academy of Pediatrics states that the only medical reason to withhold a vaccine is a history of anaphylaxis.

California Department of Public Health maintains http://www.shotsforschool.org, which has additional details about immunizations required for school entry in California as well as a tool that allows you to enter the zip code or school to see current vaccination rates for that area.

If you have questions about immunizations for your child, as well as the risks and benefits of vaccinations, please talk to your health care provider.

Don't delay! Now is the time to make sure that your child has the immunizations they need to begin school.

This article was provided by the Tahoe Truckee Immunization Coalition, which is supported through the Wellness Neighborhood, a service of Tahoe Forest Health System. Contact the Wellness Neighborhood at 530-550-6730.

Additional resources

Below are a couple online resources for parents and residents:

2016 Recommended Immunizations for Children from Birth Through 6 Years Old: 1.usa.gov/1j9peWG

2016 Recommended Immunizations for Children 7-18 Years Old: 1.usa.gov/1mhhrE2

Below is a list of local immunization resources; be sure to call each location to learn more about hours, appointments and other need-to-know information:

Nevada County Health Department: 10075 Levon St., Suite 202, Truckee, 530-582-7814

Tahoe Forest Hospital Multi-Specialty Clinics/Pediatrics: 10956 Donner Pass Road, Ste. 130, Truckee, 530-587-3523

Tahoe Forest Hospital Multi-Specialty Clinics/Pediatrics: 880 Alder Ave., Incline Village, 775-831-5308

Truckee Tahoe Medical Group: 10956 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee or 925 North Lake Blvd,. Tahoe City, 530-581-8864

Tahoe Forest Health Clinic: 10956 Donner Pass Road, Ste. 230, Truckee, 530-582-3277

Placer County Community Clinic: 8665 Salmon Ave., Kings Beach, 530-546-1970