Washington State Law requires that each child attending school be adequately immunized according to a schedule determined by the Washington State Board of Health.
Parents are required to complete a Certificate of Immunization Status when they register their child for school.
Please fill out the Certificate of Immunization Status form - month, day and year must be noted on all vaccines. Immunization dates must be in compliance with the Washington State Department of Health Required Immunizations before a student may attend school.
The form must be signed and dated at the bottom to be complete.
In May 2019, Governor Inslee signed House Bill 1638, which removes the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine required for school and child care attendance. The new law will take effect on July 28, 2019. Learn more about the new requirements here: https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Schools/Immunization/ExemptionLawChange
Who Is Affected?
This law will only affect those students who have a personal or philosophical exemption to the MMR vaccine. Students with medical or religious exemptions are not affected by the new law.
What Is the Requirement?
One dose of MMR is required for all children age 1 year and older in child care or preschool. Two doses of MMR vaccine are required for all students in kindergarten through 12th grade. A minimum of 28 days must separate the two doses of MMR vaccine, which means someone needing both MMR doses will need one dose given as soon as possible, followed by another appointment scheduled a month from the first MMR dose. Children catching up with the MMR immunizationschedule are considered to be in conditional status until 30 days after the second dose of the MMR vaccine comes due.
What Do I Need To Do?
- All parents with personal or philosophical exemptions for MMR vaccine for their child should be notified they are required to provide the dates of MMR vaccination by the time the school year starts.
- Per state law, any student not in compliance with immunization requirements should be excluded from school attendance, until they can show satisfactory progress towards immunization requirements.