Under a new law known as SB 277, beginning in January 1, 2016, exemptions based on personal beliefs, including religious beliefs, will no longer be an option for the vaccines that are currently required for entry into child care or school in California. Most families will not be affected by the new law because their children have received all required vaccinations. Personal beliefs exemption on file for a child already attending child care or school will remain valid until the child reaches the next immunization check point at kindergarten (including transitional kindergarten) or 7th grade.
Why immunizations are important for all students?
Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children and teens from potentially harmful diseases. A prolonged illness from a vaccine preventable disease can take a financial toll because of lost time at work, medical bills or long term disability care. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalizations, or even be deadly- especially in infants and young children. Vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a few generations before.
If you have any questions please contact your school nurse.