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Health Notice: New WA State Law Limits Exemptions for Measles Vaccine

 

Please be aware that there has been an important change in Washington State Law regarding vaccinations. Effective July 28, 2019 no personal or philosophical exemptions from the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination will be available to families. The state law applies to all public and private schools and licensed child care facilities in Washington.

 

If a student has had a personal or philosophical exemption in the past, our schools must now have documentation of MMR immunization from a health care provider on or before the first day of school on September 4, 2019 as a condition of enrollment. The new law does not affect religious or medical exemptions.

 

Two doses of MMR are required for all students in grades K-12. The two doses must be given at least 28 days apart. When your child has a first MMR vaccination, please let your school nurse know the date it occurred as well as the date the second dose is administered. 

 

We are notifying families now to allow sufficient time to meet the new immunization requirement before the first day of school.

 

More information can be found at the WA Department of Health exemption law change web page, including FAQs:  www.doh.wa.gov/mmrexemption

 

Insurance coverage for vaccinations may vary.  There is also a free resource offered currently through HealthPoint, who is teaming up with Public Health, to offer FREE Measles vaccinations for adults and children, plus all vaccines required for school.  HealthPoint clinics offer free, walk-in MMR vaccination services at HealthPoint Auburn, Auburn North, Bothell, Cynthia A. Green, Federal Way, Kent, Midway, Redmond, Renton, SeaTac, and Tukwila. You do not need to be a current HealthPoint patient. Learn more at:  http://www.healthpointchc.org/news-calendar/blog/free-measles-vaccinations-for-adults-kids