Vaccine exemption information for each state is provided below thanks to the National Vaccine Information Center. Parents, I want you to be informed and know your rights for your children’s health, protection and welfare. You can access your state’s vaccine policies and laws by locating your state in the text links below. (source)
As home-educators, we used the religious exemption for vaccinating our children, and (when asked) it never became an issue when I mentioned we had a lawful state exemption. We were also members of and backed up by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) which I highly recommend.
The National Vaccine Information Center’s Vaccine Law page provides a summary of state vaccine laws and exemptions available in different states, including which states require the signature of a medical doctor or other state-designated health care worker in order to file a non-medical exemption. States with an asterisk next to them are states that have enacted recent restrictions to exemption laws.
Vaccine Exemption By State
- Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas
- California*, Colorado, Connecticut
- Delaware, District of Columbia
- Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa
- Kansas, Kentucky
- Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana
- Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota
- Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina, South Dakota
- Tennessee, Texas
- Vermont, Virginia
- Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Although NVIC continually updates their website, state laws and rules change frequently and consumers are ultimately responsible for verifying their state’s vaccination and exemption laws and requirements.
The information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be medical or legal advice. Those seeking medical or legal advice should obtain the services of a competent attorney, physician or qualified health care professional.
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