Our state has one of the highest school immunization exemption rates in the nation. A new law that goes into effect on July 22 aims to help ensure families claim exemption for reasons other than convenience--and the law affects child care providers.
Senate Bill 5005, passed by the 2011 Legislature and signed into law by Governor Chris Gregoire, says that if a parent or guardian wants to exempt their child from school or child care immunization requirements, they must first get information about the benefits and risks of vaccinations from a licensed health care provider. The provider must sign a certificate of exemption form, which parents must give the school or child care provider to exempt their child.
The law does not change vaccination requirements for school and child care entry.
Learn more about the benefits of immunizations, and about the new law, by visiting the Department of Health Immunization Program online.