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Federal Control Over Childhood Vaccinations
On August 4, 2015, S. 1921, the Vaccinate America’s Children through Complete Information & Education Act of 2015 was introduced by Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-CT) and referred to the Senate Finance Committee. The bill would require States participating in medical assistance programs to adopt uniform administrative procedures with respect to nonmedical exemptions for State immunization requirements.
The prerequisites for granting a nonmedical exemption from State immunization requirements are the following:
(A) A parent or guardian seeking a nonmedical exemption must discuss the consequences of non-vaccination with the child’s pediatrician or other primary care provider and that the discussion is noted in the medical record.
(B) A parent or guardian seeking a nonmedical exemption read and sign a form that discusses the risks of non-vaccination and submits the form to the State.
(C) A parent or guardian seeking a nonmedical exemption submits to the State a notarized letter describing the parent’s or guardian’s reasons for seeking the exemption.
(D) All nonmedical exemptions from State immunization requirements shall only be granted for a 1-year period and shall be required to be renewed annually if a parent or guardian of a child wants the exemption to continue for another year.