Local families will have to make sure their children meet new immunization requirements for the 2019-20 school year by the end of the summer.

The Patterson Joint Unified School District has confirmed that the new state rules apply to all PJUSD students.

As of July 1, kids must get two doses of the chickenpox vaccine if they are starting transitional kindergarten or kindergarten, or moving up to seventh grade. All new admissions or transfers to each district will also need to show proof of those vaccinations.

Kids entering any school district will need to have had two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and three doses of the hepatitis B vaccine.

Four doses of the polio vaccine are also still required, along with five doses of the vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.

California schools are required to check immunization records for all newly admitted students at TK or any grade level and all students advancing to seventh grade before their first day of school. Parents or guardians must show each child’s immunization record as proof.

Medical exemptions for any vaccination must be signed by a California-licensed medical doctor or doctor of osteopathic medicine. Temporary exemptions can last for no more than 12 months.

Get more information about vaccines and vaccination requirements at www.shotsforschool.org, a website run by the California Department of Public Health. Families can also learn more by contacting the school district directly.

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