New Law on MMR Personal Exemptions

New Law on MMR Personal Exemptions
 

The Washington State Legislature passed a bill this year that removes the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine required for school and child care entry.

This bill took effect July 28, 2019 and applies to public and private schools and child cares, including preschool. The law removes the option for a personal/philosophical exemption to the MMR vaccine requirement for schools and child cares. It also requires employees and volunteers at child care centers to provide immunization records indicating they have received the MMR vaccine or proof of immunity.

If your child has a personal exemption for the MMR vaccine, make an appointment with your health care provider to discuss your options for meeting this new requirement. You can get more information on this new law on the Washington State Department of Health: 

https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Schools/Immunization/ExemptionLawChange.


If you have any questions, you can reach Dawn Fox, Nurse Administrator, at 253-683-6940 or dfox@bethelsd.org.