Mississippi and West Virginia require child vaccinations. The health and welfare of children should not be compromised merely because their parents are religious.
TITLE 13A. STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
SUBTITLE 16. CHILD CARE CENTERS
13A.16.03.04 CHILD CARE RECORDS
(1) The child has had immunizations appropriate for the child's age which meet the immunization guidelines set by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene;
(2) The child has had at least one dose of each vaccine appropriate for the child's age before entry and is scheduled to complete the required immunizations;
(3) A licensed physician or a health officer has determined that immunization is medically contraindicated according to accepted medical standards; or
(4) The parent objects to the child's immunization because it conflicts with the parent's bona fide religious beliefs and practices.
H. If a parent objects to a child's immunization or medical examination, or both, because of the parent's bona fide religious beliefs and practices, an operator shall require the parent to provide a health history of the child and sign a statement indicating that to the best of the parent's knowledge and belief, the child is in satisfactory health and free from any communicable disease.