Here is a Power Point presentation by the CA Dept of Public Health regarding the new Tdap requirement for 7-12 graders. http://www.sdiz.org/documents/Sch-CC/AB_354_Webinar_12-8-10.pdf
If you scroll down about halfway, you'll see the new personal beliefs exemption form to sign, specific for the Tdap. It's kind of hard to read, so here it is, form CDPH 8261
"I hereby request exemption of the child named above from the pertussis (whooping cough) immunization requirement for school entry because such immunization is contrary to my beliefs.
The unimmunized child and the child’s contacts at school and home are at a greater risk of becoming sick with pertussis which can be life-threatening for young infants and can cause prolonged illness at any age.
I understand that, for the protection of the child and other students, the child may be excluded from attending school for prolonged periods during each outbreak of pertussis after each exposure to someone with pertussis."
Notice the difference between that and the following, which is the personal beliefs affidavit for every other vaccine.
“I hereby request exemption of the child, named on the front, from the immunization requirements for school/child care entry because all or some immunizations are contrary to my beliefs. I understand that in case of an outbreak of any one of these diseases, the child may be temporarily excluded from attending for his/her protection."
http://www.cdph.ca.gov/pubsforms/forms/CtrldForms/pm286b.pdf second page (back)
I would encourage California parents to cross out the second paragraph of the new form, and this wording from the 3rd paragraph: "for the protection of the child and other students"
California law does not require any specific wording on an exemption form. So parents can cross out objectionable wording on the pre-printed form, or write their own statement.
Edited by ma2two - 12/17/10 at 9:53pm