Santa Rosa, CA – August 1, 2017 – Bay Area health officials remind parents to
ensure their children are vaccinated in time for the first day of school. State
law requires vaccination for students without a medical exemption. Make your
appointments today to ensure your children have all the required immunizations.
starts, parents should make sure their kids have received all necessary
vaccines,” said Dr. Karen Holbrook, Sonoma County Deputy Public Health Officer.
“Talk to your healthcare provider to ensure their vaccines are up to date and
get proper documentation.”
providers in Sonoma County are dedicated to providing high quality, affordable
health care to families and children. They provide a wide range of services,
but not all services are available at every location. Please contact your nearest health center to inquire about the availability
Some pharmacies also
provide immunization services. Here is a helpful link to search by zip code and
vaccine type for your nearest location: https://vaccinefinder.org/.
Under Senate Bill
277, in effect since January 1, 2016, exemptions based on personal beliefs,
including religious beliefs, are no longer an option for the vaccines that are
currently required for entry into child care or school. Most families will not
be affected by the new state law because their children have received all
required vaccinations. Personal beliefs exemptions on file for a child already
attending child care or school will remain valid until the child reaches the
next immunization checkpoint at kindergarten (including transitional
kindergarten) or 7th grade.