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School Age Children Immunization Information
Are your children up-to-date on their immunizations?


The California School Immunization Law outlines the immunizations required for school and childcare entry. The school and child care immunization requirements are not as comprehensive as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommendations.
 
Preparing for school means gathering supplies and backpacks. It’s also the perfect time to make sure children are up to date on their vaccines. Getting all of the recommended vaccines is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health.
 
When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for disease and can spread a disease to others in their classroom and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions. Schools are highly susceptible to outbreaks of infectious diseases because students can easily transmit illnesses to one another as a result of poor hand washing, uncovered coughs, and dense populations.
 
Children age 4 to 6 are due for boosters of four vaccines: Tdap (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and polio. A yearly flu vaccine is recommended for all children 6 months and older. Immunizing your children is one of the best things you can do to protect them against serious diseases.

Recommended immunization schedule for children from birth to 18 years of age​


 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Where can my children get vaccinated? For a community clinics near you, that provide Immunization services for Children and Youth in Santa Clara County click the following link (English/Spanish/Vietnamese ).​​​

Feel free to download by clicking on the above link. Click below to view and download theses documents in Spanish (En español):

​Getting a shot can be uncomfortable or scary. Parents can take some simple steps to make their child as comfortable as possible before, during and after getting their shots.  

Santa Clara County Immunization Program
976 Lenzen Ave., Suite 1100 
San Jose, CA 95126
Telephone: (408) 792-5007 
Fax: (408) 947-8752
Last updated: 8/9/2019 11:56 AM