As a parent or guardian, you want to keep your children safe. Routine childhood vaccinations are an important way to ensure that your child and community remain healthy and protected against serious diseases, like measles and whooping cough.
As opportunities for in-person activities and play continue to grow, we encourage families to make sure children are up to date on routinely recommended vaccines. Well-child visits and check-ups are essential for routine vaccination, even during the pandemic.
You can also review the Shots Required for K-12 Students by the California Department of Public Health. If you’re pregnant, now is a great time to find a doctor for your baby and schedule a visit to discuss any questions you have about vaccines.
For more information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent, visit these resources:
- Immunizations for Infants and Young Children (Birth - 6 Years Old)
- Immunizations for Children and Teens (7-18 Years Old)
- Guide to Immunization Requirements for K-12th Grade (Spanish)
- Parents’ Guide to Immunizations Required for School Entry (also available in Spanish, Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, Farsi, Hmong, Korean, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese)
- Immunization Requirements for 7th Grade
- California Law and Regulations
- Frequently Asked Questions on New Regulations
- August is National Immunization Awareness Month
The COVID-19 Vaccine
COVID-19 vaccines are currently available to those 12 years and older and are safe, effective, and free! Fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 unless they develop symptoms. Having to quarantine means students miss school, sports, and extracurricular activities.
If you have questions about vaccines, talk to your child’s healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call 2-1-1 to be connected to one.