California Ends Personal Exemptions for Vaccines – Effective January 1, 2016

Effective January 1, 2016, the personal belief exemption was deleted from the existing immunization requirements. If a child is in a home-based private school or is enrolled in independent study, he or she is exempted from the existing immunization requirements. If a personal belief exemption has been submitted for a child prior to January 1, 2016, the child can continue to attend school or daycare under the personal belief exemption until enrollment in the next grade span. This bill defines grade span as birth to preschool, kindergarten to grade 6, or grades 7 to 12.

A medical exemption letter can be issued by a licensed physician if he or she determines the vaccination is not safe for the patient, dependent on each patient’s medical conditions and history. This determination is up to the professional clinical judgment of the physician acting within the standard of care. The physician must also consider the family medical history of the child.

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