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Come to Riverside Medical Clinic for the School Vaccinations You Need

July 29, 2019

In addition to new backpacks and supplies, make sure you put vaccinations on your back-to-school list. It’s time to get your children up-to-date on the shots they need for school.

The state requires that children must be inoculated against these diseases in order to attend public school. And, as we’ve seen in recent news reports, students have been turned away at the door if they did not have the proper shots on their first day back.

The law specifically mandates vaccination documentation for kindergarteners and seventh graders, which are considered the two milestones in children’s immunization schedule. In addition, the personal belief or religious exemption has been removed, which means you need a doctor’s explanation for any exemption.

Students Admitted to TK/K-12 Need:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, Tdap, or Td) — 5 doses (4 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday. 3 doses OK if one was given on or after 7th birthday.) For 7th-12th graders, at least 1 dose of pertussis-containing vaccine is required on or after 7th birthday.
  • Polio (OPV or IPV) — 4 doses (3 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday)
  • Hepatitis B — 3 doses (Not required for 7th grade entry) • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) — 2 doses (Both given on or after 1st birthday)
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) — 2 dosesThese immunization requirements apply to new admissions and transfers for all grades, including transitional kindergarten.

Students Starting 7th Grade

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) —1 dose (Whooping cough booster usually given at 11 years and up)
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) — 2 doses (Usually given at ages 12 months and 4-6 years)

In addition, the TK/K-12 immunization requirements apply to 7th graders who: previously had a valid personal beliefs exemption filed before 2016 upon entry between TK/Kindergarten and 6th grade are new admissions

Don’t let cost be a barrier. Riverside Medical Clinic will work with you to find coverage, either through your health insurance or the national Vaccines for Children program.

Riverside Medical Clinic is the largest provider of ambulatory care in the Inland Empire. With multiple locations, you’re sure to find a clinic close to you. Visit to see. The pediatric physicians at Riverside Medical Clinic strive to offer children and young adults world-class care with highly qualified pediatricians, conveniently located in the same building as our other physicians. For more information or to schedule an appointment with the Riverside Medical Clinic Pediatrics Department, please call 951-683-6370.

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