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Which Vaccination Exemptions Are Allowed by Florida?

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 11:27 AM

Parents and legal guardians of children entering schools in Florida are allowed exemptions from vaccinations for medical or religious reasons. They cannot receive exemptions based on philosophical grounds when they simply object to vaccines for personal reasons.

Exemption forms are provided by each county’s health department and must be presented to the school or facility, according to the National Vaccine Information Center. The parent or guardian affirms the vaccinations conflict with their religious concerns or that the child cannot be vaccinated because of health conditions.

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For medical exemptions, a child’s physician must state in writing the reasons vaccinations would be harmful for medical reasons, according to the Florida Department of Health. Some children have allergies or conditions that could cause negative consequences from vaccines.

For religious exemptions, parents or guardians must point out that immunizations are in conflict with the family’s religious tenets or practices. However, they do not have to provide proof that they belong to a particular church or denomination. Health officials rely on the good faith of the applicants. Officials cannot legally question or demand proof of a family’s religious affiliation, Dr. Swannie Jett, health director of Seminole County, told Bright House Networks’ News 13.

About 2,000 students, or two percent of children attending school in the county, received religious exemptions for the 2014-15 school year, according to News 13.

“If we were to have a lot of religious exemptions over time, then I would start to have a concern about any type of outbreak,” Jett stated.

Some states that have religious exemptions but no personal exemptions have seen an increase in people claiming religious reasons to avoid vaccinations for their children. Many of the objections are based on alleged reports of links between vaccines and disease, which have often been debunked.

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School officials in Florida, as in other states, still have concerns over the 2014-2015 measles outbreak in California. They would be required to exclude unvaccinated children from school during periods of an outbreak until the threat was over.

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