8.16.1 Immunization ExemptionsIn 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.
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.