A Healthy Start for the School Year

It is never too early to start preparing your child’s health needs for the upcoming school year. Get a head start on entry health exams and immunizations.

Physical Exams / Sports Exams

School entry physicals are wellness checkups for kids entering local schools. San Luis Obispo & Santa Barbara County schools require proof of these health exams for your children.

For most districts, parents must provide a completed health assessment 18 months before or up to 90 days after enrolling in first grade.

Health exams are required before a student can participate in sports and other activities. 

The districts also require proof of vaccinations for all students. some will require this even before your child can be registered.

CHC pediatrician offices become very busy in August, so we invite you to make your appointment for school health checks, sports physicals, and vaccinations ahead of time. You can also schedule wellness checkups and vision exams with CHC by texting CHC at 805-361-8400 or calling 1-866-614-4636. You can also reach us via the chat tool at the bottom right of this screen or using your Patient Portal.

Immunizations / Vaccinations

California schools are required to check immunization records for all new student admissions at TK/Kindergarten through 12th grade and all students advancing to 7th grade before entry. Parents must show their child’s Immunization Record as proof of immunization.  The law requires that children entering public or private school, including childcare, preschool, elementary, or secondary schools, receive required immunizations.

The California Department of Public Health (CDHP) requires the following for K-12 students:

        • 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 doses

These immunization requirements apply to new admissions and transfers for all grades, including transitional kindergarten. 

You can visit for information about the law and immunization requirements.


Make your child’s appointment today by texting CHC at 805-361-8400 or calling 1-866-614-4636. You can also reach us via the chat tool at the bottom right of this screen or using your Patient Portal.

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