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December 18, 2018

Requirements to Attend School and Childcare

Parent Guides to the Immunization Requirements

Whenever children are brought into group settings, there is a potential for the spread of infectious disease. To help protect your child and others from vaccine-preventable diseases, certain immunizations are required before children may attend licensed childcare facilities and public, private, and parochial schools in Idaho.

Parent’s Guide to the School Immunization Requirements – ENGLISH | SPANISH
Parent’s Guide to the Childcare Immunization Requirements – ENGLISH | SPANISH

Conditional Enrollment

Children that are in the process of getting caught up on required immunizations are permitted to attend school and childcare under a conditional enrollment, provided that the child has received one dose of each specified vaccine prior to enrollment and is not yet due to receive the remaining doses.
In the event of a disease outbreak, children who are conditionally enrolled and have not received the immunization against that disease are to be encouraged to complete immunizations or are to be excluded from school and/or childcare. These children are at most risk for contracting a vaccine-preventable disease.

Idaho Conditional Admission to School (Schedule of Intended Immunizations Form) – ENGLISH | SPANISH
Idaho Conditional Attendance to Childcare (Schedule of Intended Immunizations Form) – ENGLISH | SPANISH

Immunization Exemptions

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare strongly supports immunization as one of the easiest and most effective tools in preventing serious infectious diseases. These vaccine-preventable diseases can cause serious illness and even death. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare also recognizes that parents have the right to make the decision whether or not to vaccinate their children. If you have any questions about the benefits and risks of immunization, please contact your healthcare provider or local public health district.

Idaho law allows a parent or guardian to claim an immunization exemption for their child for medical, religious or other reasons. A medical exemption must be completed by a licensed physician. It is recommended that exemptions for religious or other reasons be documented on the form provided by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Immunization Program. Parents or guardians may also claim an immunization exemption by providing a signed written statement when entering their child into school and/or childcare. In the event of a disease outbreak, children who have claimed an exemption and have not received the immunization against that disease are to be encouraged to complete immunizations or are to be excluded from school and/or childcare. These children are at most risk for contracting a vaccine-preventable disease. Unimmunized students are at greater risk of contracting diseases and spreading them to their families, schools, and communities.

Idaho School Immunization Requirements Exemption – ENGLISH | SPANISH
Idaho Childcare Immunization Requirements Exemption – ENGLISH | SPANISH

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