Preteen Vaccine Week is a statewide observance, celebrated February 26-March 4 in 2023.
Preteen Vaccine Week promotes the importance of immunizing preteens and highlights the preteen doctor visit as an opportunity for preteens to receive vaccines that can protect them from very serious, yet preventable diseases.
School Immunization Requirements
California School Immunization law requires that all children be up-to-date on their immunizations before entry to schools or child care centers. In addition, the California School Immunization laws require schools and child care centers to enforce immunizations requirements, to maintain immunization records for all students enrolled, and to submit reports. Below are easily accessible tools regarding school immunization. For more detailed information regarding school immunization, please visit CDPH Shots for School website.
Downloadable California Immunization Handbook for Child Care Programs and Schools
Follow these links to see detailed immunization requirements for child care and school entry in California.
- Pre-Kindergarten (Child Care/ Preschool) (PDF)
- TK-12 (PDF)
School Immunization Reporting Site
California Childcare Immunization Assessment (shotsforschool.org)
Shortcut for School Immunization Reporting Site Login
- Pre-K | Instructions | Worksheet (Excel) (PDF)
- TK/K & 1st Grade | Instructions | Worksheet (Excel) (PDF)
- 7th & 8th Grade | Instructions | Worksheet (Excel) (PDF)
School Immunization FAQs
- Pre-K (Child Care/Preschool) Frequently Asked Questions
- TK/Kindergarten – 8th Grade Frequently Asked Questions
Staff and Volunteer Immunization Requirements for Child Care and Family Child Care Homes
Personal Belief Exemptions
Personal belief exemptions will no longer be permitted beginning January 1, 2016. Personal belief exemptions submitted before January 1, 2016 are valid until the child enters kindergarten (including transitional kindergarten) or 7th grade. Valid medical exemptions from a licensed physician are not affected and will continue to be accepted.
Medical Exemptions for Immunizations for School and Child Care
Additional Resources and Printable Material for Schools and Parents/Guardians
Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule – Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Parents Guide to Immunizations- TK/K-12
Parents Guide to Immunizations – Pre-Kindergarten (Child Care)
Vaccine Catch-up for Schools