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Shots Required for TK–12 and 7th Grade

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Students Admitted at TK/K–12 Need Records of: 

  • 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
    (Required at admission to any grade except 7th grade​) 

  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) — 2 doses
    (Both given on or after 1st birthday) 
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) — 2 doses 

The TK/K–12 immunization requirements apply to new admissions and transfers for all grades, including 7th grade, and students whose exemptions are no longer valid.​

Students Advancing to 7th Grade Need Records of:

  • TetanusDiphtheriaPertussis (Tdap) —1 dose
    (Whooping cough booster usually given at 11 years and up)

  • Varicella (Chickenpox) — 2 doses
    (Usually given at ages 12 months and 4-6 years)​

California schools are required to check immunization records for all new student admissions at transitional kindergarten (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. 

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