School immunization requirements
For the 2020-21 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!
- School and child care immunization requirements
- WA State Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) and Certificate of Exemption form.
- School requirements for other states
Risks of not vaccinating
If you choose to delay vaccines or to not vaccinate 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 (whooping cough), hepatitis, and flu. Other diseases, like measles, are still common in other parts of the world and are just a plane ride away. Your child can catch diseases, like Hib meningitis, from people who don't show any signs of being sick. An unvaccinated child also risks infecting others, especially medically vulnerable individuals like infants and people with compromised immune systems.
Children who are not fully immunized may be excluded from attending school or childcare when there are cases or outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. Exclusions protect unvaccinated people and prevent the spread of disease. Exclusions can last for days or weeks until the risk of getting infected is gone. Parents and guardians 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.
In 2019, Washington State 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 showing they've received the MMR vaccine or have proof of immunity.