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School Vaccination Requirements, Exemptions & Web links

Three reports are available. See definitions, methods, and disclaimer below.

 

State Vaccination Requirements

 
Grantee: 
 
Grade: 
 
Vaccine: 
 
 
Report shows vaccine(s), number of doses, details, effective date, and any additional comments.

State Allowable Exemptions for Schools

Grantee: 
 
 
Report shows state(s), temporary or permanent medical exemptions, religious, and philosophical exemptions.

State Web links

Grantee: 
 
 
Report shows for each state(s) links to 1)state health dept., 2) state immunization, and 3) school requirements web site.
Links to immunization requirement reports:  Full Report (2007-8)(PDF) | Full Report (2005-6)(PDF)
 

 

Definitions:

  • Grantee - State and U.S. Territories (to whom a grant is made from U.S. government to oversee vaccination policies, requirements, etc. for purposes of this report.) If report shows no data, the state/U.S. territory did not collect data for period reported.
  • Grade - Select among childcare, kindergarten, middle school, and college/ university for purposes of this report and for which data are collected.
  • Exemptions - Allowable exemptions and required documentation varies by state. Please check the specific state health department web site for exemptions allowed in the state.
    • Medical — the administration of one or more vaccines would be detrimental to the health of an individual. Most states categorize this type of exemption as temporary or permanent, and the definition for each state varies. Some states allow vaccination exemptions for certain diseases if medical documentation shows proof of immunity. Immunity can be proven if your child had the natural disease.
    • Religious — the administration of one or more vaccines contradicts religious beliefs.
    • Philosophical — the administration of one or more vaccines contradicts personal beliefs.
  • Details – Specific information about the required vaccine dosage.
  • Effective Date – The school year the vaccine requirement became effective.
  • Additional Comments – Other related information about vaccine requirements and recommendations.
  • Requirements – Vary by state so be sure to go to the state’s “requirements” web page to get details.
  • Link Type – Defines where the Web URL will go once clicked. Immunization program is the web page on the state health department site that specifically addresses immunization information. Requirements vary by state and this link goes to the page on the state’s site that defines its requirements in detail.
  • Web URL – Click to go directly to the site listed. Hover over the link and look at status bar of browser window to see exact URL if needed.
  • ACIP – The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is a committee of experts that develops the written recommendatiuons for all routine vaccinations, schedules for appropriate timing and dosing information, and contraindications.

Methods:

The data in these reports are provided by state immunization programs through the annual school assessment report submitted to CDC by April 30 each year.

NOTE: Any discrepancies should be reported to the individual state health departments in order to correct the data as soon as possible.

Disclaimer
These data are provided to the public (including parents, researchers, policymakers, and public health officials) with descriptive information concerning school entry vaccination-related state laws and requirements. This does not constitute provision of legal or health advice or answering questions of law on behalf of any person or organization.

 
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