Child vaccine exemptions when parents are religious

Child vaccine exemptions when parents are religious

Mississippi and West Virginia require child vaccinations. The health and welfare of children should not be compromised merely because their parents are religious.

Education §7–403.

(b)    (1)   Unless the Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene declares an emergency or an epidemic of disease, a child whose parent or guardian objects to immunization on the ground that it conflicts with the parent’s or guardian’s bona fide religious beliefs and practices may not be required to present a physician’s certification of immunization in order to be admitted to school.

Health General §18–403.

(a)   Unless the Secretary declares an emergency or disease epidemic, the Department may not require the immunization of an individual if:
(1)   The individual objects to immunization because it conflicts with the individual’s bona fide religious beliefs and practices; or
(2)   The individual is a minor and the individual’s parent or guardian objects to immunization because it conflicts with the parent or guardian’s bona fide religious beliefs and practices.
(b)   The Secretary shall adopt rules and regulations for religious exemptions under this section.

 

 

CODE OF MARYLAND REGULATIONS
TITLE 13A. STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
SUBTITLE 16. CHILD CARE CENTERS
13A.16.03.04 CHILD CARE RECORDS
 
 .04 CHILD RECORDS
 
G. There shall be an immunization record showing that:
 
(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.