Making sure that children of all ages receive all their vaccinations on time is one of the most important things you can do as a parent to ensure your children's long-term health—as well as the health of friends, classmates, and others in your community.
Newborn to 6 Years
During the early years of life, your children need vaccines to protect them from 14 serious, possibly life-threatening diseases:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
Parents who choose not to vaccinate their own children increase the risk of disease not only for their children, but also for other children and adults throughout the entire community.
School Age Children
California Law requires children be given certain vaccines before starting kindergarten and 7th grade. Your child will need to receive these immunizations in order to attend:
- Public and private elementary and secondary schools
- Child care centers
- Family day care homes
- Nursery schools
- Day nurseries
- Developmental centers
Parents may obtain exemptions from vaccination for their children for medical reasons and personal beliefs.
7 through 18 years old
As kids get older, the protection from childhood vaccination wears off and they are more at risk for catching certain diseases like meningococcal meningitis. Recommended boosters and vaccines for pre-teens and teens are:
Talk to your child's doctor about getting the proper vaccinations. A good time to catch up on missed vaccinations is during physicals for participation in sports, camping events, travel, and applying to college.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Links: