Wisconsin allows exemptions from vaccination requirements for medical, religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccinations.
Under Wisconsin law (Section 252.04)
"the immunization requirement is waived if the student, if an adult, or the student’s parent, guardian, or legal custodian submits a written statement to the school, child care center, or nursery school objecting to the immunization for reasons of health, religion, or personal conviction."
The statute continues: "At the time any school, child care center, or nursery school notifies a student, parent, guardian, or legal custodian of the immunization requirements, it shall inform the person in writing of the person’s right to a waiver under this subsection."
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According to the National Conference of State Legislatures:
"All 50 states have legislation requiring specified vaccines for students. Although exemptions vary from state to state, all school immunization laws grant exemptions to children for medical reasons. Almost all states grant religious exemptions for people who have religious beliefs against immunizations."
The NCSL also noted that 20 states offer philosophical exemptions, "for those who object to immunizations because of personal, moral or other beliefs."
More than three-fourths of vaccination exemptions in the state are for philosophical reasons, the Wisconsin State Journal reported
Exemption rates vary from school to school, with the highest known rate of exemptions being at Utica Christian School, a private school near Stoughton, where 49 percent of students have personal conviction waivers, the Wisconsin State Journal said. The exemption rate in Dane County was 3.6 percent for the 2013-14 school year and the Madison School District’s exemption rate was 2.8 percent.
Exemptions may include all vaccines, some vaccines or just one. The state requires 15 doses of five vaccines before kindergarten.
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