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Which Vaccination Exemptions Are Allowed by Georgia?

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 11:47 AM

Medical and religious exemptions from vaccination are allowed for children entering public and private schools as well as child-care facilities in Georgia.

Required vaccines for children ages 4 to 6 include those for diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, hepatitis A and hepatitis B.

A parent, guardian or school official who does not comply with the state’s vaccine requirements could be subject misdemeanor charges and face penalties of up to a year in prison and a $100 fine, according to WMAZ-TV.

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Medical or religious exemptions would still keep those children out of school when there is a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak.

To receive an exemption from vaccinations on religious grounds, the parent or legal guardian of the child must provide an affidavit to the school or facility, stating that immunization conflicts with the family’s religious beliefs. A statement must be signed by the parent or guardian, then signed by a notary public.

Medical exemptions are approved when a child is found to have any physical disability that could cause health problems from vaccines. Parents and guardians need a certificate signed by a doctor or the local board of health affirming that the child has a medical condition that makes vaccinations undesirable.

Medical exemptions last for a year and are reviewed annually. The exemption, if approved again, must be reissued through certificates signed by the appropriate medical authority, according to the Georgia Department of Education.

During periods of epidemics that involve diseases preventable through vaccines, unvaccinated children will be excluded from school until the outbreak no longer poses a health danger to students, according to the National Vaccine Information Center.

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When threatening disease outbreaks occur, unvaccinated children can be readmitted to school if they receive an immunization against the specific disease or they show evidence they have earlier contracted the disease, such as measles.

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