Washington State MMR Exemption Law Change
Posted on 07/16/2019

In 2019, the Washington State Legislature passed a bill 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. It also includes requirements for employees and volunteers at child care centers.

Law Change Facts:

The new law will take effect on July 28, 2019, and applies to public and private schools and licensed child cares
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The law also requires employees and volunteers at child care centers to provide immunization records indicating they have received the MMR vaccine or proof of immunity

The law 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 law does not change religious and medical exemption laws. Children who have one of these types of exemptions on file are not affected by the new law.

For more information and updates on the new law, please link to the Washington State Department (DOH) of Health MMR Vaccine Exemption Law Change 2019 web page at:

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

Here you will find sample letters, a new Certificate of Exemption, as well as updates concerning the law. There is also an option to sign up for the mailing list, which will provide you with ongoing information as it becomes available from DOH. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I find my immunization records?

There are a few ways you can access your family's immunization information:

Option 1:
 
Sign up for MyIR to view, download, and print your family’s immunization information.  Already have an account? 
Log in to MyIR.

Option 2:  Request a complete Immunization Record from your healthcare provider.

Option 3
:  Request your official (CIS) Certificate of Immunization Records (stamped, signed and dated) at one of the Benton-Franklin Health District offices for a $5.00 fee.

Where can I get the MMR vaccine if I don’t have a regular doctor or they don’t carry vaccines?

MMR vaccine is available at BFHD and local pharmacies.

How can I get proof of immunity?

There are two ways to show proof of immunity:

  • Laboratory (blood) test for a positive measles titer. If you need testing, talk with your healthcare provider.
  • History of measles infection, if verified by a healthcare provider.