New immunization requirements from the Department of Public Health (CDPH) are effective July 1, 2019. While most of the new requirements impact school age children (TK/K-12), some affect pre-kindergarten children (child care or preschool). These requirements include:
- The chickenpox vaccine is required at age 15 months and older (rather than age 18 months and older).
- Other required vaccine dose requirements remain the same.
- As children age into requirements, parents have 30 days to submit updated records showing the child has met the requirements.
Providers can start preparing for these changes by recording all chickenpox vaccine doses for admissions on the Blue Card (PM286). CDPH is working on updating the Blue Card. The new regulations changes are outlined on the shotsforschool.org website. Additional information and resources including Frequently Asked Questions and a Webinar reflecting the new immunizations changes can also be found on the site.
If you have any other questions, please contact your Licensing Regional Office.