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Immunizations are required for admission into all California schools.  Effective January 1, 2016 personal beliefs exemptions are no longer permitted.  More information on CA law regarding immunizations can be found at Shots for Schools. The link is below under Resources.


Understanding the difference between vaccines, vaccinations, and immunizations can be tricky. Below is an easy guide that explains how these terms are used:

  • vaccine is a product that produces immunity from a disease and can be administered through needle injections, by mouth, or by aerosol.
  • vaccination is the injection of a killed or weakened organism that produces immunity in the body against that organism.
  • An immunization is the process by which a person or animal becomes protected from a disease. Vaccines cause immunization, and there are also some diseases that cause immunization after an individual recovers from the disease.

    Vaccines are safe.
  • Learn more about the benefits and risks of immunization including how vaccines are monitored for safety, answers to common questions, what is in vaccines, and who should be vaccinated.

    Vaccines are effective.
  • Vaccines save lives by preventing outbreaks of disease and protecting those who cannot be vaccinated. Read this section to learn about the community benefits of vaccines.
Jeanne Salvadori
Coordinator, School Nursing