New Laws Affecting Immunizations

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 10:01am

Please be aware of new laws affecting immunizations and California public schools. Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 277 on June 30, 2015. Starting in 2016, SB 277:  

  • Will no longer permit immunization exemptions based on personal beliefs for children in child care and public and private schools;
  • Will permit personal belief exemptions filed at a school or child care facility before January 1, 2016 to remain valid until a pupil reaches kindergarten or 7th grade;
  • Will remove immunization requirements for:
  • Students in home-based private schools
  • Students enrolled in an independent study program who do not receive classroom-based instruction
  • Access to special education and related services specified in an individualized education program

Medical Exemptions 
Only a medical exemption can be accepted and this has to be signed exclusively by a California licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.)

A parent or guardian must submit a written statement from a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.) which states: 

  • That the physical condition or medical circumstances of the child are such that the required immunization(s) is not indicated.
  • Which vaccines are being exempted.
  • Whether the medical exemption is permanent or temporary.
  • The expiration date, if the exemption is temporary.
  • Student name and date of birth.
  • Physician signature and clinic stamp.

Once this expiration date has occurred, the child may continue in attendance only after the school or child-care center receives documentation of the immunizations now due. 
These above laws will apply to any student entering Kindergarten or 7th Grade in the fall of 2016.

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