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Indiana Allows Medical and Religious Vaccine Exemptions

Many parents are told by school nurses or faculty that students must be vaccinated in order to attend school. While this is partly true, it is only a half truth. They are not telling you about your other options. Indiana law also allows students to file medical and religious exemptions. So understand that your children are NOT required to be vaccinated in order to attend school. Below are the laws for day cares, K-12, and higher education.


If you need help finding a vaccine exemption form for daycare/preschool, K-12, or higher education, our friends at Indiana for Medical Freedom have some forms provided here:

https://indianaformedicalfreedom.org/vaccine-exemption-forms/

Daycare Exemption Information

2017 Indiana Code
TITLE 12. Human Services
ARTICLE 17.2. DAY CARE REGULATION
CHAPTER 4. Regulation of Child Care Centers
12-17.2-4-18.1. Immunizations


    Sec. 18.1. (a) After December 31, 2002, a licensee shall maintain and annually update documentation provided by the physician of each child who is cared for in a child care center where the licensee provides child care that the child has received complete age appropriate immunizations, including:

(1) conjugated pneumococcal vaccine; and

(2) varicella vaccine or a demonstrated immunity to varicella.

The state department of health shall determine for each age level the immunizations that constitute complete age appropriate immunizations.

     (b) A licensee meets the requirement of subsection (a) if:

(1) a child's parent:

(A) objects to immunizations for religious reasons; and

(B) provides documentation of the parent's objection;

(2) the child's physician provides documentation of a medical reason the child should not be immunized; or

(3) the child's physician provides documentation that the child is currently in the process of receiving complete age appropriate immunizations;

and the licensee maintains and annually updates the documentation provided by the parent or physician under this subsection.

K-12 Exemption Information

 2017 Indiana Code
TITLE 20. Education
ARTICLE 34. STUDENT HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES
CHAPTER 3. Health and Safety Measures
20-34-3-2. Religious objections


   Sec. 2. (a) Except as otherwise provided, a student may not be required to undergo any testing, examination, immunization, or treatment required under this chapter or IC 20-34-4 when the child's parent objects on religious grounds. A religious objection does not exempt a child from any testing, examination, immunization, or treatment required under this chapter or IC 20-34-4 unless the objection is:

(1) made in writing;

(2) signed by the child's parent; and

(3) delivered to the child's teacher or to the individual who might order a test, an exam, an immunization, or a treatment absent the objection.

     (b) A teacher may not be compelled to undergo any testing, examination, or treatment under this chapter or IC 20-34-4 if the teacher objects on religious grounds. A religious objection does not exempt an objecting individual from any testing, examination, or treatment required under this chapter or IC 20-34-4 unless the objection is:

(1) made in writing;

(2) signed by the objecting individual; and

(3) delivered to the principal of the school in which the objecting individual teaches.


IC 20-34-3-3. Exception for student's health

Sec. 3. If a physician certifies that a particular immunization required by this chapter or IC 20-34-4 is or may be detrimental to a student's health, the requirements of this chapter or IC 20-34-4 for that particular immunization is inapplicable for the student until the immunization is found no longer detrimental to the student's health.

Higher Education Exemption Information

 2010 Indiana Code
TITLE 21. HIGHER EDUCATION
ARTICLE 40. STATE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS: ADMISSION STANDARDS
CHAPTER 5. IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS AT STATE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS


C 21-40-5-6

Religious objections

Sec. 6. (a) Except as otherwise provided, a student may not berequired to undergo testing, examination, immunization, or treatmentrequired under this chapter when the student objects on religiousgrounds.

   (b) A religious objection does not exempt a student from testing,examination, immunization, or treatment required under this chapterunless the request for an exemption is:

      (1) made in writing;

      (2) signed by the student; and

      (3) delivered to the individual who might order a test, anexamination, an immunization, or a treatment absent thereligious objection.

As added by P.L.2-2007, SEC.281