Idaho Immunization Coalition Statement on Immunization Exemptions


 

The history of school required immunizations has been one of the most successful public health measures in the past century. Since the first Idaho school immunization laws were passed in 1978, Idaho legislators have worked to ensure the safety of children in schools and the communities they reside in. However, the current ranking of Idaho as the state reported as number one in the highest rates of non-medical exemptions for school required childhood immunization should be a major concern to all Idahoans including our legislators, not just for our students enrolled in public, charter and private schools.

Together with our vital partnerships between local and state health departments, medical providers and all Idaho schools, the Idaho Immunization Coalition’s goal is to protect Idaho communities from vaccine preventable diseases. The Idaho Immunization Coalition is committed to reducing both non-medical exemptions and non-compliance of existing state laws for the health and safety of all.

In response to the ranking of Idaho for immunization exemptions, the Idaho Immunization Coalition:

  • Supports the relationship between state and local health departments, medical providers and schools in the critical public health issue of school required immunizations.
  • Supports the accumulation and sharing of exempt and non-compliance immunization data to increase public awareness and action.
  • Seeks the reduction of both non-medical exemptions and non-compliance of existing state laws for the health and safety of all.
  • Seeks unique solutions for Idaho to decrease non-medical exemptions and non-compliance through collaboration with all stakeholders and state legislators.
  • Seeks ways to strengthen enforcement of existing Idaho statutes pertaining to school immunization requirements and exemptions.