Vaccination Programs in West Hills CA 91307

Vaccination Programs in West Hills

Children in West Hills should be immunized as directed by California law, unless a licensed physician states otherwise in a written document indicating:

  • The vaccines that are exempt for a specific child
  • That the child's physical or medical situation does not require the indicated immunization
  • The duration of the medical exemption -- temporary versus permanent
  • The expiration date - for temporary exemptions

Vaccines or immunizations help to protect against harmful and infectious diseases, safeguarding your health and life. Vaccines are created to target specific diseases such as polio, chickenpox, measles, hepatitis B, and whooping cough. As a result, the incidence of serious infectious diseases that have vaccines have dropped considerably in recent years.

Immunization Schedule

The recommended immunization schedule depends on individual factors such as pregnancy, age group, health status, and foreign travel. Childhood vaccines give children immunity against diseases before they're in contact with the disease-causing agents.

Young children are vulnerable to infectious diseases because their immune systems are still developing, and are yet to set up vital defenses to combat serious infections and diseases. So even a cough can be serious or deadly for infants and toddlers.

Vaccinations are intended to start as early as possible in life to provide the necessary protection before exposure to pathogens. And since the effect of some vaccines wears off over time, multiple doses may be necessary to adequately protect the body.

Immunization and school entry

In California, parents are required to provide a certificate indicating that the child has received a medical check up within the last 18 months, within 3 months of admission into grade one.

When entering kindergarten, you must provide proof that your children have been vaccinated for:

  • Polio - 4x
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, as well as Pertussis - 5x
  • Hepatitis B - 3x
  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) - 2x
  • Varicella (chickenpox) - 1x

Students entering grade seven must show immunizations for:

  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) - 2x
  • Tetanus, reduced Diphtheria, and acellular Pertussis - 1x

Timely Vaccinations

Parents and guardians are encouraged to get immunizations for their kids on time to protect their family and community. If you have any questions about your child's immunization, please visit the Kids & Teens Medical Group in West Hills for professional consultation.