Immunization Requirements for School Attendance

  • Vaccination Information
    Parents and guardians are asked to make many important health care decisions for their children including immunizations.  The Washington State Department of Health provides a guide called "Plain Talk About Childhood Immunizations" to help parents and guardians make informed decisions by providing accurate information about immunizations and the diseases they prevent, benefits and risks and vaccine safety and effectiveness. 
    Washington Immunization Law
    Legal Immunization Compliance for School:  
    • Students have the right to attend school without the threat of exposure to certain vaccine-preventable diseases. 
    • To attend school, students are required to submit a completed Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS), or Certificate of Exemption (COE), that demonstrates a compliant immunization status according to state law before starting. Refer to WAC 246-105-030.
    • Students not fully immunized, or students attending school under conditional status who fail to make satisfactory progress, must be excluded from school.  Refer to WAC 246-105-080.
    • Refer to  Chapter 246-105 WAC (Immunization of Child Care and School Children Against Certain Vaccine-Preventable Diseases) for additional information.   


    Medically verified immunization records are required by Washington State law for all students registering for school.


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    Accessing Immunization Information 

    WA State rules require student immunization information provided to schools be on an official WA State Department of Health Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) form.
    • Option 1:  Access Washington State Immunization Registry (MyIR) online.  Using MyIR allows parents/guardians to view, download and print (on the official immunization certificate accepted by the school) their child's immunizations. This is the easiest and preferred method!
    • Option 2:  Request your child's immunization record from their healthcare provider. With this option, the information likely will not be in the correct format and will need to be transcribed by hand by the parent or guardian on the official CIS form (see link to the right). Note with a hand written CIS form, the law requires a healthcare provider signature or accompanied verifiable medical immunizations records. 
    • Option 3:  Request an immunization record from the Department of Health. This is the same information available on MyIR but requires calling in the request and providing written consent before the immunization information can be mailed (immunization information will not be provided over the phone).


    Required Immunization Notices 

    Washington State law requires that parents/guardians of students in grade 6th-12th be provided information about Meningococcal disease and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and the availability of a vaccine.