School immunization requirements
For the 2018-19 school year
Washington state immunization requirements
Make sure your immunizations are up-to-date. Visit Washington MyIR to access your family's immunization records and confirm you are ready for school!
- Visit the Washington State Dept. of Health for a list of current requirements
- School requirements for other states
- WA State Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) and Exemption forms for School, Child Care/Preschool
Risks of not vaccinating
If you choose to delay vaccines or to not immunize your child based on personal beliefs, religious, or medical reasons, become familiar with the risks. Many vaccine-preventable diseases still circulate in the U.S., like pertussis, hepatitis, and flu, and can carry severe and sometimes fatal consequences. Other diseases, like measles, remain common in other parts of the world and can find their way into the U.S. through a route as simple as an unvaccinated traveler. Your child can catch diseases, like Hib meningitis, from people who don't show any signs of being sick. An unimmunized child also risks infecting others, especially medically vulnerable individuals like infants and those with compromised immune systems.
For their own protection and to prevent the spread of disease, children who are not fully immunized may be excluded from attending school or childcare when cases or outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases occur. Exclusions can last for days or weeks until the risk of transmission is no longer present, and parents need to be prepared to take unexpected time off of work.
Did you know?
Vaccines that aren't required for school are important too! Adolescents need HPV vaccine to prevent cancer and meningococcal vaccine to prevent meningitis.
Make sure your family's up-to-date on all recommended vaccines.
Washington State recently passed a law removing personal/philosophical exemptions for MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine. The law also requires employees and volunteers at licensed childcare centers to provide immunization records indicating they’ve received the MMR vaccine or have proof of immunity.