Back to School Immunizations

Each fall, students and parents begin preparation for the upcoming school year, including purchasing school supplies, shopping for new clothes, and ensuring that all the proper paperwork is submitted to the school. One form that your child’s school will require is an updated immunization record. In the state of California, it is now required for students to be up to date on all vaccinations before each school year begins.


Plan Ahead for Back to School Immunizations

We know that with school around the corner, you’ve got a lot on your to-do lists and have a lot to accomplish before that first school bell rings. Be sure to plan ahead when it comes to getting your children their required immunizations for school. North County Health Services offers a variety of services to residents in North County San Diego and Riverside County, including child wellness checks, dental services, behavioral health services, and immunizations for children.

If your child needs to be brought up to date on his or her vaccinations and if you need any other health screenings or sports physicals done, it is best to get these completed as early as possible. Many medical offices are flooded with students in the last few weeks of summer and the first few weeks of the school year, so it may be harder to get the necessary appointments or vaccinations at this time. Make an appointment early or come visit any NCHS location so that we can help you get your child’s required immunizations for school and any other medical paperwork done for the upcoming school year.


Why Get Children Vaccinated?

The state of California has deemed vaccinations a requirement for all school-aged children who attend school outside of the home. Vaccinations provide individual protection for a period of time so that individuals are not infected with particular diseases or illnesses, as well as offer herd immunity. Herd immunity means that a community as a whole is more protected from a particular disease, which makes it harder for diseases to become widespread within that particular community, lowering the likelihood of people contracting the illness. This mindset also protects individuals who cannot be vaccinated, such as newborns or those with medical concerns or chronic illness.


Required Immunizations for School in California

Depending on where you live and what school your child attends, the requirements may be slightly different, but here are the state of California’s list of required immunizations for school.

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis – 5 doses total
  • Polio – 4 doses total
  • Hepatitis B – 3 doses
  • Measles, Mumps, & Rubella – 2 doses
  • Varicella – 2 doses

There may be some differences in the number of doses needed based on the child’s age at the time of school admission, particularly if the child was previously enrolled in a school in another state or previously had a Personal Beliefs Exemption on file. However, this is a baseline of required immunizations for school in California, and parents should discuss any questions, concerns, or specific requirements with their child’s school for more information. Students are also encouraged to be vaccinated for the flu each year, though this is not a requirement in most places.

Be sure to plan ahead and get your child’s required immunizations for school done early so that you have everything you need before the school year begins. Our caring staff at NCHS loves serving the community and looks forward to your visit. Give us a call to schedule an appointment or come on in to the nearest NCHS location today!