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Most parents are diligent about having their babies vaccinated against serious diseases like polio, tetanus, and whooping cough. Unfortunately some parents don't realize that adolescents also need vaccinations to keep them healthy throughout high school and college and to give them a healthy foundation for adulthood.

Several vaccines critical to adolescent health and wellness are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health organizations. These vaccines also protect them from serious and potentially deadly diseases. Ideally, adolescents should have a routine visit with their healthcare provider at age 11-12 years that includes all recommended vaccines.

ACIP currently recommends that 11- and 12-year-olds receive these vaccines:

  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough): All students entering 7th grade will need proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting school.
  • HPV (human papillomavirus): Boys and girls need 3 shots for full protection.
  • Meningococcal: Preteens need one shot now and a booster at age 16.
  • Influenza (flu): Flu vaccine is needed every year!
  • Chickenpox: Many kids didn't get their second chickenpox shot. Check with the doctor.

Where to Get Immunizations

The best place to get immunizations is your doctor's office or clinic as part of personal regular health maintenance. Immunizations for children and adults are also available at these locations in Sonoma County.

Community Immunization Clinics and other Clinical Services in Sonoma County (pdf)

Important! Most medical providers and many commercial pharmacies also offer vaccinations, and may be contacted to check for availability.


For Parents

California immunization law continues to apply to all students in public and private schools. All students entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster immunization (called "Tdap") and 2 doses a Measles containing vaccine (MMR) for school in the fall.

Additional school immunization requirements for 7th graders typically apply to students who:

  • Had a valid personal beliefs exemption filed before 2016 upon entry between TK/Kindergarten and 6th grade, or
  • Are new admissions, including from out-of-state; applies to all grades.

Vaccine Recommendations for 11-12 year olds English | Spanish (pdf)
Source: California Department of Public Health.

Exemptions to Immunization Requirements
Source: California Department of Public Health.


For Providers

Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 through 18 Years (pdf)
Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Senate Bill 277 Frequently Asked Questions
Source: California Department of Public Health.

Preteen Vaccine Week Campaign Kit
Source: California Department of Public Health.


For Schools

Guide to Immunizations Required for School Entry Grades TK/K-12 English | Spanish (pdf)
Source: California Department of Public Health.

Senate Bill 277 Frequently Asked Questions English | Spanish (pdf)
Source: California Department of Public Health.

How to Implement Immunization Requirements
Source: California Department of Public Health.

Flyer: No Shots? No Records? No School. English | Spanish (pdf)
Source: California Department of Public Health.


Related Links

Immunizations in Sonoma County

Shots for School
Source: California Department of Public Health.

2016 New State Law

SB277: Personal Beliefs Exemptions

Beginning January 1, 2016, exemptions based on personal beliefs, including religious beliefs, will no longer be an option for the vaccines that are currently required for entry into child care or school in California.

About the Law

Immunization Laws: Exemptions to Immunization Requirements
Source: California Department of Public Health.

Text of SB 277: Public health: vaccinations

Frequently Asked Questions

English | Spanish
Source: California Department of Public Health.

Questions?

Ask the IZ Nurse

Important!

Most medical providers and many commercial pharmacies also offer vaccinations, and may be contacted to check for availability.

Contact

For more information about immunizations in Sonoma County,
please contact:
DHS - Public Health Division
625 5th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Phone: (707) 565-4567
Email: Ask the IZ Nurse

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