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Tahoe Truckee school district: California vaccine law now in effect

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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — The new California vaccine law is now in effect for the upcoming school year, and the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District wants to ensure parents are informed and prepared before school starts.

Senate Bill 277 requires almost all California children who attend private or public schools to be fully vaccinated regardless of personal or religious beliefs.

At TTUSD, all children who are entering school for the first time (transitional kindergarten or kindergarten) must be vaccinated in order to attend school.

While the district never wants to turn away a student, TTUSD is mandated by the state to verify students’ immunization records before the start of transitional kindergarten/kindergarten and seventh grade.

The law grandfathers in students who are already enrolled in school and already have vaccine exemptions based on personal beliefs or religion until they reach seventh grade.

The new vaccine law makes no changes to the list of vaccines required to attend public or private school. Those 10 vaccines include diphtheria, hepatitis B, hemophilus influenzae type b (commonly referred to as Hib), measles, mumps, pertussis, poliomyelitis, rubella, tetanus and varicella.

For more information about school immunizations requirements and resources, please visit the California Department of Public Health’s website at http://www.shotsforschool.org.

This article was provided by the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Visit ttusd.org to learn more.