Immunization Information for Schools and Child Care
When groups of children come together the opportunity for disease to spread is increased. School and childcare staff play an important role in assuring safe and healthy futures for California youth by ensuring that all children in attendance are fully immunized.
Information for Schools
2012 Assembly Bill 354: The 7th Grade California Immunization Law
The immunization law requires all students entering into 7th grade to show proof of a pertussis (whooping cough) booster shot, known as Tdap before the start of school each Fall. Children who cannot prove vaccination or exemption status will not be allowed school entry.
Inform parents throughout the year. Please use your school websites, newsletters, report card messages, phone message systems, and other communications to send information to parents.
Additional immunizations are recommended for this age group. Help promote the preteen doctor visit to get students up-to-date on their meningococcal, varicella, human papillomavirus (HPV), and flu vaccines.
Kindergarten Immunization Assessment
The California Department of Public Health requires schools to annually submit immunization information about kindergarten which identifies how many students are:
- Up-to-date with their immunizations
- Admitted "on condition" that the student will receive the still-needed vaccine doses as they become due in the future (Conditional Entrants)
- Exempt due to a personal and/or religious belief against vaccines (Personal Belief Exemption or PBE).
View immunization data for each school below.
2011 Immunization Rate Data (GIS Map Format)
2010 Immunization Rate Data (GIS Map Format)
Letter Sent to all Parents of Children Attending a San Francisco School or Child Care
A letter from the San Francisco Department of Public Health will be sent to all parents of children who attend a public or private school or child care establishment in San Francisco. This letter is to notify parents about the possibility of their child being required to stay home from school or child care if he/she is not up-to-date with his/her immunizations and there is a high risk of certain diseases, such as pertussis (whooping cough). You can download a copy of the letter below. Spanish and Chinese language versions will be posted soon.
Child Care Laws
Order free blue cards and other immunization materials here.
San Francisco Immunization Programs for Children