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WITH THE SCHOOL YEAR APPROACHING, VACCINATE
Schools must check all new students and those entering 7th grade

Berkeley, California (Friday, August 04, 2017) - Make sure your kids' vaccines are up to date before the first day of school or daycare. You'll not only keep your child safe, but help safeguard our community. 

State law also requires it. Personal belief exemptions to specified immunizations are no longer allowed for private or public schools in California. 

Check your child's immunization record. If your child is not up to date, get your child vaccinated as soon as possible at your healthcare provider. Before the first day of school, provide your child's school with documentation showing all required immunizations. 

Public and private schools in California are also required to check immunization records for all new students and those entering 7th grade. Health officers from around the region encourage families to plan ahead. 

"Make vaccinations part of your back-to-school checklist," said Dr. Robert Benjamin, Berkeley's Health Officer. "In the Bay Area, people travel to and from, all across the globe. Outbreaks of measles, mumps and other vaccine preventable diseases have shown in recent years that we cannot assume community-wide immunity if individuals don't take the responsibility to vaccinate themselves and their families. 

Use the California Department of Health's shotsforschool.org website to see the specific requirements for children entering preschool or childcare, k-12 or 7th grade. You can also use it to check the vaccination rate at your child's pre-school.   

Some children are unable to be vaccinated because of health reasons, and their safety relies on the collective immunity of those around them. 

For Berkeley's Kindergartens, as assessed for "all required vaccinations" in the shotsforschool.org  database, schools varied from 52%, to over 95%. 

For the 7th grade, all 4 public schools in Berkeley are at 98%, while the 7 private schools are slightly lower at 91-95% in "vaccine-up-to-date" rates. 

Pockets of under-immunization represent areas of vulnerability in our community's defense against vaccine preventable diseases. 

"The more children and adults that are vaccinated, the more resistant our community becomes to preventable diseases," said Dr. Benjamin. "We also strongly recommend annual vaccination against the flu, which is not a school requirement. Vulnerable children can become infected in school and then bring this serious disease home to parents, siblings, grandparents and others."

The federal Centers for Disease Control recommends an annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months of age or older. Children without health insurance, with MediCal, or of American Indian or Alaskan Native descent may be eligible for vaccines at low or no cost through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program. Find doctors or clinics that participate in the VFC Program. 

For more information on school and child care vaccination requirements and rates, please visit ShotsForSchool.org

Plan ahead for school. Check your child's vaccination records and, if additional vaccinations are needed, make an appointment to get the necessary shots.

Resources:
ShotsForSchool.org 
California Department of Public Health
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/immunize.aspx 
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/index.html 
Vaccines for Children
http://eziz.org/vfc/provider-locations/

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