504.10 Health Certificate

Immunization requirements apply to all persons enrolled or attempting to enroll in a licensed childcare center or a public or nonpublic elementary or secondary school in Iowa including those who are provided competent private instruction. Parents/guardians must submit an up-to-date Iowa Department of Public Health Certificate of Immunization to the school. It is the parents’ responsibility to see that this certificate of immunization is completed and signed.

Exemptions to the Immunization Law include:

  1. A medical exemption may be granted to an applicant when, in the opinion of a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant, the required immunizations would be injurious to the health and well-being of the applicant or any member of the applicant’s family or household. A medical exemption may apply to a specific vaccine(s) or all required immunizations. A certificate for medical reasons is valid only when signed by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant.
  2. A religious exemption may be granted if immunizations conflict with a genuine and sincere religious belief. A Iowa Department of Public Health Certificate of Exemption shall be signed by the child’s parent or guardian or legally authorized representative and attest that immunization conflicts with a genuine and sincere religious belief and be notarized to an applicant if immunizations conflicts with a genuine and sincere religious belief. The certificate of immunization exemption for religious reasons is valid only when notarized.

A Provisional Certificate may be granted for children who have begun but not completed the required immunizations. The amount of time allowed for provisional enrollment shall be as soon as medically feasible but shall not exceed 60 calendar days.


Cross Reference:

District Student Handbook - Immunizations

Approved:
May 11, 1998

Reviewed:
November 14, 2005
March 25, 2013

November 20, 2017

Revised:
November 14, 2005

November 20, 2017