Vaccines

California

Updated: February 3, 2013

Contact Information

California Department of Health Services
2151 Berkeley Way, Room 708
Berkeley, 94704
Phone: (510) 540-2067
Fax: (510) 883-6015
Website

Vaccine Requirements for the State of California

Vaccine requirements may be relaxed or eliminated in some regions and/or states due to shortages in the manufacture of some vaccines. Please contact your healthcare provider, or your local public health department for more information.

Vaccine Age/Grade Comments
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP), Tdap Day Care, Head Start, K-12 Day Care, Head Start- 1 dose for 2-3 months, 2 doses for 4-5 months, 3 doses for 6-17 months, 4 doses for 18 months - 4 years of age, (Record may show DT or DTP)

K-12 - Ages 6 years and under: 5 doses at any age, but 4 doses meet requirements for ages 4-6 years if at least 1 was on or after the 4th birthday. Ages 7 years and older: 4 doses at any age, but 3 doses meet requirement for ages 7-17 years if at least 1 was on or after the 2nd birthday. If last dose was given before 2nd birthday, one more (Td) dose is required. Pertussis is not required after age 6.

7th grade - 1 dose on or after the 7th birthday.
All students going into 7th grade must have proof of having had the Tdap booster shot unless they have a documented exemption. This includes current students, new students and transfer students in both public and private schools.

Hepatitis A None/No Requirements None/No Requirements
Hepatitis B Day Care, Head Start, K-12 Day care, Head Start, K-12 - 1 dose for 2-3 months, 2 doses for 4-17 months, 3 doses for 18 months - 4 years, 3 doses for 7th grade.
Hib Day Care, Head Start Day Care, Head Start- 1 dose for 2-3 months, 2 doses for 4-14 months, 1 dose required on or after 1st birthday, regardless of any Hib doses given before 1st birthday. Required only for children up to 4 years, 6 months.
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Day Care, Head Start, K-12 Day Care*, Head Start*, K-12** - *1 MMR on or after 1st birthday. ** 2 doses of measles-containing vaccine required and one dose of mumps and rubella-containing vaccine required for entrance or transfer into K. 2 doses of of measles-containing vaccine is required and 1 dose of rubella-containing vaccine is required for entrance or transfer into 7th grade. Mumps vaccine is not required for children 7 years of age or older. Receipt of one dose MMR on or after the first birthda will satisfy school entry or transfer requirement for grades 1-6 and 8-12.
Meningococcal None/No Requirements None/No Requirements
Pneumococcal None/No Requirements None/No Requirements
Polio Day Care, Head Start, K-12 Day Care, Head Start- 1 dose for 2-3 months, 2 doses for 4-14 months, 3 doses for 5-17 months, 4 doses for 18 months - 4 years.

K-12 - four doses at any age, but 3 doses meet requirements for ages 4-6 years if at least one was given on or after the 4th birthday; 3 doses meet requirement for ages 7-17 if at least 1 was given on or after the 2nd birthday.

Varicella Day Care, Head Start, K-12 Day Care, Head Start, K-12 - 18 months - 4 years of age: 1 dose or physician documented disease history is required. Out of state entrants new to CA schools: 1 dose for children under 13 years are required; 2 doses are needed if immunized on or after 13th birthday.

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