Students Admitted at TK/K-12 Need
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, Tdap, or Td) — 5 doses
(4 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday. 3 doses OK if one was given on or after 7th birthday.)
For 7th-12th graders, at least 1 dose of pertussis-containing vaccine is required on or after 7th birthday.
- Polio (OPV or IPV) — 4 doses
(3 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday)
- Hepatitis B — 3 doses
(not required for 7th grade entry)
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) — 2 doses
(Both given on or after 1st birthday)
- Varicella (Chickenpox) — 2 doses
These immunization requirements also apply to students entering transitional kindergarten.
California schools are required to check immunization records for all new student admissions at TK/Kindergarten through 12th grade and all students advancing to 7th grade before entry. Parents must show their child’s Immunization Record as proof of immunization.
February 26-March 4, 2023
Vaccine Recommendations for Your 11-12-year-olds
Tdap protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Whooping cough can cause vomiting, gasping for air, and trouble sleeping. It may last for months and is very contagious. This vaccine is required for 7TH-grade entry in California.
The HPV (Human papillomavirus) vaccine is given as a series of shots and is recommended for preteen girls and boys. It prevents warts and several cancers of the reproductive system. The HPV vaccine works best when all doses are given well before sexual activity, which can spread HPV infection.
Meningococcal vaccines protect against the devastating bacterial infection, meningococcal meningitis. The infection can lead to brain damage, arm and leg amputations, kidney damage, and death. It is more common among teens and young adults in close contact with others at home or school. Preteens need to get immunized now and again at age 16.
The flu (influenza) vaccine is needed every year. Flu is much more severe than the common cold. Even healthy young people can get the flu. Children with chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes are especially at risk for pneumonia or death.
The chickenpox vaccine protects against more than just an itchy rash. The disease can cause pneumonia or severe skin infections. Kids need two shots, but many didn’t get their second shot. Ask your doctor if your preteen needs a chickenpox shot.
The measles vaccine protects against a highly contagious disease that can lead to brain damage and death. Preteens need two shots before starting 7TH grade.