Courtesy of Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Beginning in January, only doctors will be able to authorize a child’s exemption from immunization.
Los Altos School District nurses Sarah Bolter and Monica Sidher have had a hectic back-to-school week, nailing down health-care plans, meeting with teachers regarding specific student health-care concerns in their classrooms and discussing with parents everything from seizures to asthma and food allergies.
All new students in the district – particularly the incoming batch of kindergartners – must bring vaccination documents as part of their health-care record. For a final time, personal-belief exemptions can take the place of immunization records. Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 277 requiring vaccination for all children in child care and public and private schools in June, but it doesn’t take effect until January. That means a last generation of new kindergartners are entering under the old rules.