September 19, 2020         
Anthony Hamilton, Questlove, Lynn Whitfield, Jonathan Slocumb, and Wendell Pierce support HBCUs and their Students at the UNCF N   •   While Washington debates who can better protect Americans overseas, German courts display deep bias Against a Non-German African   •   Video Game Play is Booming. What do Parents Need to Know?   •   Helen of Troy Limited Announces Earnings Release Date, Conference Call, and Webcast for Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 Results   •   Choose Your Own Adventure and Google Collaborate to Launch E-Books for Younger Readers   •   Ultimate Software Ranked #2 on Fortune’s Best Workplaces for Women 2020 List   •   I Matter, I Vote: The Black Women's Agenda, Inc. Hosts Virtual Voting Rights Town Hall During Its 43rd Annual Symposium   •’s New Coffee Matching Algorithm Guarantees the Perfect Cup   •   Empowering women leadership in the agriculture and agri-food sector   •   Landmark new agreement lays out path for reconciliation with Lake Babine   •   BET, National Urban League and an Expanding List of Key Impact Partners Unite on National Black Voter Day, Friday, September 18   •   Canada and Wabaseemoong Independent Nations sign a Relationship Agreement: Comprehensive Response to Mercury and Human Health in   •   Asana Named No. 8 on the 2020 Best Workplaces for Women by Great Place to Work® and Fortune   •   Government of Canada COVID-19 Update for Indigenous Peoples and communities   •   Dr. Scholl’s Shoes Wins Footwear Honor at the Accessories Council’s Design Excellence Awards for the Second Year in   •   New Citi Impact Fund Announces First Investments   •   Publix Named Among Fortune’s Best Workplaces for Women   •   Campbell Appoints Camille Pierce as Chief Culture Officer   •   Emily Leproust, Ph.D., to Receive 2020 Rosalind Franklin Award   •   Canadian police chiefs meet virtually to discuss key policing issues
Bookmark and Share

Whether Schools Hold Distance Learning or Classroom Instruction this Fall, Back-to-School Immunizations are Still Required

Whether Schools Hold Distance Learning or Classroom Instruction this Fall, Back-to-School Immunizations are Still Required

Even limited in-person school instruction and pods put unvaccinated children at risk for highly contagious, preventable diseases

PR Newswire

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- While the majority of California schools are gearing up for an online back-to-school session this fall – making returning to the classrooms, for most families, a distant thought – the California Immunization Coalition (CIC) is reminding parents that even students who receive their education through distance learning are still subject to state laws for required immunizations.

"Whether children will be learning at home or wearing masks and practicing social distancing in a classroom or pod organized by parents, they still need timely vaccinations to protect them as stay-at-home orders are lifted," said Catherine Flores Martin, CIC Executive Director. "We all want to ensure that when in-classroom learning resumes, kids are ready to hit the ground running and protected from other dangerous diseases, like measles and whooping cough.

Since the shelter-in-place order began, vaccination rates have fallen dramatically. State data reported vaccinations were down by more than 50 percent in April compared to April of last year1California health officials are becoming increasingly concerned that the state could be on the precipice of a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak if children and adolescents continue to fall behind on their recommended and required immunizations. If this trend continues, a trend that jeopardizes our state's public health, California will face a critical gap in vaccinations when students return to classrooms and in-person instruction.

"While vaccinations are required for school entry, we vaccinate children and adolescents based on scientific guidelines and recommendations to protect them from preventable and deadly diseases," says Pamela Kahn, MPH, RN, President of the California School Nurses Organization. "It's very easy for these diseases to make a comeback, and that's what we need to avoid."

Ensuring that immunizations are given in a timely manner is important to their efficacy.

"Making sure children have their full series of vaccines administered at the right age and on time is the best defense against the spread of highly contagious diseases," says Yasuko Fukuda, MD FAAP, Chair of the California American Academy of Pediatrics. "Getting behind on vaccination schedules puts children at risk for diseases such as measles, whooping cough or influenza. We want to make sure every child is protected, whether in school, the playground, or in the grocery store."

Flores Martin, on behalf of the CIC, encourages parents to take immediate action.

"Even if your child is receiving instruction at home at this time, your child will need to be protected. Call your doctor or nurse if you delayed your child's shots due to the pandemic – it's critical to catch up now and stay on schedule," she said.

CIC encourages families to visit the following sites for more information and resources to stay up to date on school immunization requirements:

About the California Immunization Coalition

The California Immunization Coalition (CIC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public-private partnership dedicated to achieving and maintaining full immunization protection for all Californians to promote health and prevent serious illness, disability and death. For more information, please visit and follow CIC on social media @ImmunizeCA.


Cision View original content to download multimedia:

SOURCE California Immunization Coalition

Back to top
| Back to home page

White House Live Stream
Breaking News
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Sounds Make the News ®
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News