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    Vaccine Information for Families
    Posted on 01/06/2020
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    Vaccine information for Families

    In 2019, the Washington State Legislature passed a bill that removes the personal and/or philosophical exemption to the MMR vaccine required for school attendance.

    Washington state law (Washington state law RCW 28A.210.080 and rules, WAC 392-380-045 and WAC 246-105-020) also requires that students are fully vaccinated, be in the process of completing immunizations, or have a signed Certificate of Exemption (religious or medical exemption) in order to attend school. Read the King County immunization schedule for children.

    Student records must reflect updated immunization status by January 8, 2020, or students cannot attend school until the required information is provided to the school nurse. Families of students whose records are not up to date or are missing information will be notified via email, postal mail, and a letter home from your child’s school.

    Next Steps if You Receive the Exclusion Letter from Health Services

    • If your child has received the required immunizations and you have a medically verified record from your health care provider, please scan and email to or bring the record to your child’s school nurse. Please make sure to keep a copy for your records.
    • If your child has NOT received these immunizations, bring the letter and your child’s immunization record to your child’s health care provider to get vaccinated and provide vaccination verification to your child’s school nurse when complete.
    • If your child has an upcoming appointment to get vaccinated with your health care provider, let your school nurse know of the appointment date.
    • If you have medical or religious reasons for not vaccinating your child, bring a completed Certificate of Exemption form to your child’s school.
      • Note: as of July 28, 2019, Personal exemption is no longer allowed for the MMR (Measles, Mumps Rubella) per Washington House Bill 1638.
    • If you have a lab report from your health care provider that shows that your child is already immune to the disease, email or bring the report or documentation of immunity to your child’s school nurse.

    Students Not Meeting Immunization Requirements on January 8

    Student who are out of compliance with the Washington state immunization law on Wednesday, January 8, will be excluded from attending school and should not report to school.

    If students without updated immunization records arrive at school they will be placed in a designated room or space and families will be called to come pick up their child. Students must remain out of school until immunization record compliance is met.

    Once immunization compliance is achieved, they may return to school. Immunization documentation may be brought to school for updating in the Washington state registry.

    Immunization compliance means a student is:

    • Fully vaccinated
    • In the process of getting vaccinated; Once an appointment is scheduled for vaccinations, students may come back to school and will be expected to provide proof of vaccine after the appointment date.
    • Has lab work to prove immunity to diseases and therefore doesn’t need the vaccine
    • Has a signed Certificate of Exemption based on the personal/philosophical, medical or religious reason. NOTE: The MMR vaccination no longer qualifies for a personal or philosophical exemption per state law changes in Spring 2019.

    Recording of Absences
    If a student is excluded from school because of immunization requirements, the missed days will be recorded as unexcused absences. Once immunization compliance is established AND the student has returned to school the related absences can be changed to excused.

    Special Education Students
    Students receiving special education services shall be treated the same as all other students with regards to their immunization status. Most scenarios will not require provision of compensatory education as it is the parent’s failure to comply with the law. Should there be questions as to parental notification of the student’s immunization status, please contact the special education supervisor or legal counsel to decide next steps.


    Getting Help and Immunization Clinics

    School-based Health Centers

    There are 28 school-based health centers in Seattle Public Schools. Nurses at these clinics can help families of students who still need vaccinations. See a list of King County School-based Health Centers.


    Free Immunization Clinics for Seattle Public Schools students

    Federal Way High School

    • Open to all King County K-12 students, up to age 18. Students under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or bring a signed consent form.
    • No appointment needed.
    • If available, bring student vaccination records with you.

    Wednesday, January 15, 2:30 - 9 p.m.
    Federal Way High School, 30611 16th Ave S, Federal Way, WA 98003

    More information and to print a consent form visit the King County Public Health webpage.

    Kaiser Permanente

    • Proof of insurance or citizenship NOT required
    • Parent/guardian must be present

    December 27, 2019
    Aki Kurose Middle School, 3928 S Graham St, Seattle, WA 98118

    December 30, 2019
    Aki Kurose Middle School, 3928 S Graham St, Seattle, WA 98118

    ​ICHS​ (International Community Health Services)

    • Parent/guardian must be present
    • Spanish interpreter will be available; Phone interpreters will be available
    • Drop-ins are welcome. First come, first served.
    • Appointments are encouraged. Call 206-332-7160 to make an appointment.

    ​January 3, 2020
    Seattle World School, 1700 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122

    Seattle Public Schools Health Services Department

    For more information about required immunizations visit the Seattle Public Schools Health Services Immunizations webpage.

    Check your Child’s Immunization Record

    Washington state residents: You can download a copy of your child’s immunization record by going to MyIR immunization records website. You must register for an account and then log in. Go to “MyImmunizations” at the top of the page and click the “Certificate of Immunization” button to download the pre-filled CIS. Save to your computer.

    You can also call or email the Department of Health office at or 1-866-397-0337.

    For out-of-state student immunization records, visit Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to find the contact information for your state.

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