Back to School: Make sure California children are up to date on vaccinations |

Back to School: Make sure California children are up to date on vaccinations

Kelli Twomey
Special to the Sun
New legislation that goes into effect July 1, 2016, requires all students entering public and private schools in California must be vaccinated.
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This article has been updated from a previous version to indicate the correct date — July 1, 2016 — when SB 277 goes into effect. The “Public health: vaccinations” law was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this year.

The Sierra Sun regrets the error.

Visit to read the full text of SB 277.

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — School-age children in California need vaccines and must have them to enter public or private schools.

Making sure that children receive all their vaccinations on time is one of the most important things you can do to ensure their long-term health — as well as the health of friends, classmates, and others in your community.

Here’s what you need to know as a parent or guardian to make sure your child is healthy and ready for school.

Before entering Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten, the following immunizations are required:

• Polio

• DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis)

• MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

• Hepatitis B

• Varicella (Chickenpox)

Before entering seventh grade, the following immunization is required:

• Tdap booster

Parents, be sure to turn in your child’s updated immunization record to the school office when they start school.

For more information on immunizations, visit

Kelli Twomey is Coordinator of Parent & Community Relations at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Visit to learn more.

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