August 21, 1998


Immunization Requirements For City Schools Outlined

Parents who will be enrolling children in the San Diego City Schools are reminded that immunization of students under age 18 is required for admittance to school unless they are exempt for medical reasons or because of personal beliefs.

Pupils are required to be immunized against polio, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, measles, mumps and rubella.

General immunization requirements for school attendance are as follows:

1. Poliomyelitis - Four doses, but three are enough if at least one was given after the second birthday.

2. DTP/DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) - four doses, with fourth dose after two years of age for children six years of age and younger. For children age seven years and older, Pertussis is not required and only three doses are required if the last dose was given after the second birthday.

3. MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) - One dose given after one year of age. A second dose of MMR is required by law for entering kindergarten students or first grade students who have not previously attended kindergarten in California.

4. HIB (haemophilus influenzae type b) is required of children under four year six months of age.

5. Hepatitis B - Three doses for entering kindergarten students and first grade students who have not previously attended kindergarten in California. Beginning July 1, 1999, all students entering grade 7 will also be required to have this series.

A "No Shots, No School" policy is in effect for all students in the following categories: *day care centers, preschools, child development centers and nursery schools; *day care centers, preschools, child development centers and nursery schools' *kindergarten enterers (or firs grade enterers where there is no kindergarten); and *all pupils transferring to a California school from outside the United States.

Parent signature verification of immunization dates is no longer acceptable for children in preschool or regular school programs. Parents must present a current immunization record that is signed or stamped by a physician or other medical professional in order for their children to be admitted to school or file a permanent medical exemption or personal beliefs exemption with the school.

Questions may be directed to the Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Office, San Diego City Schools 293-8295 and/or school nurses. Information on obtaining a permanent medical exemption or personal beliefs exemption for students is available from school nurses.

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