Children with appropriate medical conditions may receive temporary or permanent medical exemptions if authorized by their physicians.
Parents who want to exempt their child from one or more required immunizations because of their religious beliefs must provide to the school or child care facility:
A letter or affidavit requesting an exemption that states that the required immunization(s) are contrary to their beliefs.
To protect themselves and others from spreading disease, children with any of these exemptions can be excluded from school during an outbreak of a disease against which they are not fully immunized. Schools with lower immunization rates are more vulnerable to the spread of diseases such as measles and whooping cough. Most children with exemptions have received at least some of the required vaccines. In addition to the vaccines for which an exemption is being requested, parents must submit official immunization records to the school or daycare for the vaccines that the child did receive. This will help schools know right away which students have and haven’t been immunized when a vaccine-preventable disease may be spreading at school.