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IMMUNIZATION GUIDELINES

According to the Health and Safety Code Sections 120325-120375; California Administrative Code, Title 17, Sections 6000-6075, "To enter or transfer into public and private elementary and secondary schools (grades kindergarten through 12), children under age 18 years must have immunizations as outlined." Not only are immunizations the law, but are also major health risks if not taken seriously. The parents are given a "Notice of Immunizations Needed", which states all the immunizations that the child has not had and is suppose to receive. Just recently, seventh graders were required to get their Hepatitis B immunization shots. Starting the 1999-2000 school year, ìStudents entering seventh grade need a three-shot hepatitis B series and a second measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) shot. To complete the Hepatitis B series, seventh graders will need to schedule three visits to their doctors' offices over a four to six month period. Students who have not started the three series of shots will not be eligible to enroll in school this fall.î (California Department of Health Services, 9/4/99) 

 --Antonette Vergel de Dios