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Which Vaccination Exemptions Are Allowed by Arizona?

By    |   Monday, 20 Jul 2015 10:24 PM

Arizona allows exemptions from childhood vaccination requirements to attend school for medical reasons. Parents or guardians may also receive personal beliefs exemptions for children if they object to vaccinations for moral or personal reasons.

Adults can fill out forms for the Arizona Department of Health Services. Medical exemption forms must be completed by the child’s doctor or a nurse practitioner. The parent or guardian fills out forms for religious or personal beliefs exemptions.

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Personal exemptions for the child do not apply to children in childcare facilities or preschool programs. However, the parent or guardian can object to required immunizations for the child if there are objections to vaccinations because they conflict with the practices and tenets of a recognized church or religious denomination.

Immunizations in Arizona schools include vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella.

Arizona laws also protect children during periods of outbreaks of immunization-preventable diseases. Students can be refused entry into schools during concerns about epidemics if the children do not have proof of immunization. State laws also protect schools and employees from civil liability.

Parents and guardians who don’t want their children vaccinated must sign a statement that they have received information about immunizations, that they are aware of the risks and benefits associated with vaccinations, and that they do not consent to immunizations for the child or children.

For medical exemptions, the parent or guardian provides a written certification to the school administrator, according to the National Vaccine Information Center. The parent or guardian must sign the statement, which also must be signed by a physician or registered nurse practitioner, stating that one or more of the immunizations may harm the child’s health.

The medical information from the doctor or nurse practitioner must specify the probable duration of the exemption from vaccinations or explain the circumstances that excuse the child from immunizations indefinitely. In some cases, children may have allergies or diseases that could result in harmful results from a vaccine.

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