TK Immunizations

Recent changes to California State education law (Education Code section 4800) permits schools to enroll students in Transitional Kindergarten at a younger age than previously allowed.  Students entering Transitional Kindergarten must have the same immunizations that are required for Kindergarten entry.  The Kindergarten boosters can be given as soon as the student turns 4 years old.
The California Department of Public Health has revised its Transitional Kindergarten FAQ's to address questions regarding immunization requirements and younger TK students: 
Should students who are 4 years old receive their Kindergarten booster vaccines? 

Yes.  Under California’s kindergarten immunization requirements, even four-year-old children need their kindergarten immunizations prior to the first day of transitional kindergarten where they could potentially be exposed to vaccine-preventable diseases.  The federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, American Academy of Pediatrics, and American Academy Family Physicians recommend kindergarten immunizations starting as young as four years of age. (See CDC's Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule for more details.)

Are students in transitional kindergarten subject to the Kindergarten immunization requirements?

Yes. They are required to have documentation of required immunizations or a valid exemption prior to admission to transitional kindergarten.


Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2024 SchoolMessenger Corporation. All rights reserved.