2. What are the required immunizations? The Iowa Code section governing childhood immunizations states that diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, rubeola, rubella, chicken pox, and hepatitis type B are required for children enrolled in accredited schools or under competent private instruction.
An administrative rule change was implemented in 2017 to require meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccine for students enrolling in 7th and 12th grades. It became effective January 11, 2017, and will be implemented at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.
The current required immunizations in Iowa can be viewed on this chart:
The Centers for Disease Control also has a list of recommended Immunizations. Their latest recommendations can be viewed and downloaded here:
Parents need to be well informed about immunizations. You can find helpful information about immunizations on the internet and there are numerous books available on this subject. We recommend that you educate yourself about this important issue. 3. Do home schooling families qualify to take the religious exemption? Court decisions have upheld the rights of individuals seeking exemptions from immunizations based upon personally-held religious reasons. These decisions hold that a state may not deny an exemption simply because a person is not a member of a formal religious organization. Subsequent court rulings have declared that restricting religious exemptions from vaccination solely and exclusively to bona fide members of a recognized religious organization to be unconstitutional. To that end, home educators in Iowa can use the religious exemption for immunizations. There is no longer a requirement in Iowa stating an applicant must be a member or adherent of a recognized religious denomination or bona fide church to utilize the religious exemption for immunizations. It is important to remember that the Certificate of Immunization Exemption for religious reasons is valid only when notarized. Religious exemptions shall become null and void during times of emergency as determined by the State Board of Health and declared by the Director of Public Health. This part of the regulation has not changed. The form you need to file is called Iowa Department of Public Health Certificate of Immunization Exemption. Complete this form and have it notorized. You should make a copy and send the original to your district.
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