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Which Vaccination Exemptions Are Allowed by Louisiana?

By    |   Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 12:32 PM

While the governor of Louisiana is a big fan of having children vaccinated against diseases, parents in the Pelican State may obtain exemptions from vaccination requirements for their children for medical reasons, or because of their religious or philosophical beliefs.

In the wake of a measles outbreak triggered by the presence of a youngster who apparently wasn’t vaccinated for the disease at California’s Disneyland – which afflicted at least 40 people, according to the California Department of Public Health– Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in February 2014 sent out a strongly worded statement encouraging all parents to have their children vaccinated, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported. Jindal said: "Here in Louisiana, we actively encourage vaccinations and help low-income families vaccinate their children.”

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The Times-Picayune reported
Jindal has historically backed immunizations, including signing one law "requiring hospitals to administer certain vaccines – such as the one for ‘whooping cough’ – to all parents who ask for them when their children are born."

Jindal has also signed a law mandating that all children receive some types of vaccinations before entering the sixth grade, though that legislation allowed exemptions for medical reasons and philosophical beliefs, the Times-Picayune said.

While all 50 states require children to receive immunizations against certain diseases in order to enroll in school, each state also allows exemptions to immunization requirements for medical reasons, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Almost all states also permit exemptions for religious reasons while 20 allow philosophical exemptions "for those who object to immunizations because of personal, moral or other beliefs," the NCSL reported.

Louisiana allows exemptions for medical reasons and philosophical reasons, according to the NCSL. That organization indicated that while Louisiana doesn’t specifically mandate a religious exemption, it allows – as a practical matter – for religious reasons to be covered by the philosophical beliefs exemption.

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