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Immunization Requirements and Information

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Students Admitted at TK/K - 8 Need:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, Tdap, or Td) — 5 doses
    (4 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday. 3 doses OK if one was given on or after 7th birthday.) For 7th-12th graders, at least 1 dose of pertussis-containing vaccine is required on or after 7th birthday. 
  • Polio (OPV or IPV) — 4 doses
    (3 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday)
  • Hepatitis B — 3 doses
    (not required for 7th grade entry)
  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) — 2 doses
    (Both given on or after 1st birthday)
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) — 2 doses

These immunization requirements also apply to new admissions and transfers for all grades, including transitional kindergarten. 

Students Starting Grade 7 Need:

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) — 1 dose
    (Whooping cough booster usually given at 11 years and up) 
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) — 2 doses 

In addition, the TK/K - 8th immunization requirements apply to 7th graders who:

  • previously had a valid personal beliefs exemption filed before 2016 upon entry between TK/Kindergarten and 6th grade
  • are new admissions


California schools are required to check immunization records for all new student admissions at TK/Kindergarten through 12th grade and all students advancing to 7th grade before entry. Parents must show their child's Immunization Record as proof of immunization.

San Mateo County Health Resources

Immunization Program: Call (650) 573-2877 for info on low-cost vaccine clinics.
Mental Health & Substance Use Services Information: Call the ACCESS Call Center at 1 (800) 686-0101
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 (800) 273-TALK