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Vaccination Laws by State



The vaccination laws differ for every state in the union. For example, in New York you are not allowed to attend any (public or private) school without vaccinating your child. However, every state also offers vaccine exemptions. Individuals can invoke a religious, medical, or philosophical exemption to vaccinations depending upon the state in which they live.

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Philosophical Exemption- In many of the 17 states that offer philosophical exemptions for vaccines, an objector must protest against all vaccines, not just a particular vaccine in order to use the philosophical or personal belief exemption. Use the state resources below to see if this applies to your state.

Religious Exemption- This exemption is intended to be used for people who hold a sincere religious belief opposing vaccination to the extent that the if the state forced vaccination, it would be an infringement on their right to exercise their religious beliefs. Some state laws define religious exemption broadly to include personal religious beliefs. Other states require an individual who claims a religious exemption to be a member of The First Church of Christ, Scientist (Christian Science) or another bonafied religion whose written tenants forbid medical procedures such as vaccinations. Use the state resources below to see if this applies to your state.

Medical Exemptions- All 50 states allow medical exemption to immunization. Proof must take the form of a signed statement by a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy that the administering or one or more vaccines would be detrimental to the health of an individual. Use the state resources below to see if this applies to your state.

Proof of Immunity- Some states will allow exemptions to vaccinations for certain disease if proof of immunity can be shown to exist. Immunity can be proven if you or your child have had the natural disease or have been vaccinated. Use the state resources below to see if this applies to your state.



Source: National Vaccine Information Center