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​8.16.1 Immunization Exemptions

​In California, there are two exemptions to the immunization requirements.

Medical Exemptions​

  • Temporary or permanent medical conditions prevent a child from receiving immunizations.

  • Both temporary and permanent medical exemptions require a letter from a doctor that states the medical condition and which immunizations the student cannot receive.

  • In the case of a temporary exemption, the doctor must also specify how long the immunization should be postponed.

  • Schools shall maintain a list of exempt and conditional entrants.

Personal Belief Exemptions

​As of July 1, 2016, SB 277 eliminated the personal belief exemption from the immunization requirements for schools. Certain students with a valid existing personal belief exemption will remain exempt from the new requirements unless or until they enter transitional kindergarten or seventh grade. See Shots for School​.​

​If there is a disease outbreak at school, the exempt student may be excluded from school to protect him or her and prevent others from becoming ill.


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