Time to Get Ready for Back-To-School!

In March 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), many school age students are under-immunized, leaving the potential for outbreaks of disease.  Also, many adolescents and adults are under-immunized as well, missing opportunities to protect themselves against diseases such as whooping cough, influenza, Hepatitis B and pneumococcal disease.  SCUSD works closely with the Sacramento County Public Health Department, California Department of Public Health (CDPH), CDC and private medical providers to improve and sustain immunization coverage and to monitor the safety of vaccines so that appropriate immunization levels can be maintained and continued throughout your child’s school attendance. It is Health Services goal is to help you to have a healthy student who is ready learn.

California School Immunization Law

The California School Immunization Law requires that children be up-to-date on their immunizations (shots) to attend school or child care. Most children need booster shots before starting kindergarten. Seventh grade entry requirements went into effect July 1, 1999. A varicella (chickenpox) requirement for kindergarten entry and child care attendance went into effect July 1, 2001.

California Immunization Handbook

The California School Immunization Law requires that children receive a series of immunizations before entry to schools, child care centers, or family child care homes. In addition, the California School Immunization Law requires schools, child care centers, and family child care homes to enforce immunization requirements, to maintain immunization records of all children enrolled, and to submit reports to the health department. The 7th edition of the California Immunization Handbook for Schools and Child Care Programs explains these requirements and the responsibilities they entail.

CDPH has numerous health education materials and posters for Schools and Childcare Centers which contains everything teachers, child care workers, office managers, staff and school administrators need to know about laws and policies governing immunizations, as well as materials to promote immunizations to keep their student populations healthy and safe.

Here is to a healthy and productive 2010-2011 academic school year!