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Arizona State Vaccine Requirements


Posted Date: February 18, 2016
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Quick Facts and Resources for Arizona Residents

Quick Fact: A student is exempt from required immunizations if the parent or guardian of the student submits a signed statement to the school administrator stating that the parent or guardian has received information about immunizations provided by the department of health services, understands the risks and benefits of immunizations and the potential risks of non-immunization and that due to personal beliefs, the parent or guardian does not consent to the immunization of the student.  A child in child care is exempt from required immunizations if the child’s parent or guardian objects on the grounds that it conflicts with the tenets and practices of a recognized church or religious denomination of which the parent or child is an adherent or member.  Medical exemptions are also allowed.

Other Resources: Many vaccination and exemption information links are date specific. If the links below have expired, click on the state's department of health, or immunization program link provided below, as they are likely to provide links to updated information. The General Information link leads to the overview page provided by the state at the time of this webpage's update and may also be helpful. Please email NVIC with broken link information.

K-12 School Information Higher Ed
  • Higher Ed Vaccination Requirements - Request college/university of choice for their Proof of Immunization Compliance, as each institution may use its own form. 
  • Exemption Information - Request college/university of choice for their Proof of Immunization Compliance, as each institution may use its own form. 
Daycare Information Other State Resources
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TITLE 36. PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY
CHAPTER 7.1. CHILD CARE PROGRAMS
ARTICLE 1. DAY CARE CENTERS

A.R.S. § 36-883. Standards of care; rules; classifications

A. The director of the department of health services shall prescribe reasonable rules regarding the health, safety and well being of the children to be cared for in a child care facility. These rules shall include standards for the following:

C. Any rule that relates to educational activities, physical examination, medical treatment or immunization shall include appropriate exemptions for children whose parents object on the ground that it conflicts with the tenets and practices of a recognized church or religious denomination of which the parent or child is an adherent or member.
 

TITLE 15. EDUCATION
CHAPTER 8. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
ARTICLE 6. SCHOOL IMMUNIZATION

A.R.S. § 15-872. Proof of immunization; noncompliance; notice to parents; civil immunity 

A. The director of the department of health services, in consultation with the superintendent of public instruction, shall develop by rule standards for documentary proof.

B. A pupil shall not be allowed to attend school without submitting documentary proof to the school administrator unless the pupil is exempted from immunization pursuant to section 15-873.

C. Each public school shall make full disclosure of the requirements and exemptions as prescribed in this section and section 15-873.

D. On enrollment, the school administrator shall suspend that pupil if the administrator does not have documentary proof and the pupil is not exempted from immunization pursuant to section 15-873.

E. Notwithstanding subsections B and D of this section, a pupil may be admitted to or allowed to attend a school if the pupil has received at least one dose of each of the required immunizations prescribed pursuant to section 36-672 and has established a schedule for the completion of required immunizations. The parent, guardian or person in loco parentis of a pupil shall present to the school administrator documentary proof of the immunizations received and a schedule prepared by the pupil's physician or registered nurse practitioner or a health agency for completion of additional required immunizations.

F. The school administrator shall review the school immunization record for each pupil admitted or allowed to continue attendance pursuant to subsection E of this section at least twice each school year until the pupil receives all of the required immunizations and shall suspend a pupil as prescribed in subsection G of this section who fails to comply with the immunization schedule. Immunizations received by a pupil shall be entered in the pupil's school immunization record.

G. Unless proof of an exemption from immunization pursuant to section 15-873 is provided, a pupil who is admitted or allowed to continue to attend and who fails to comply with the immunization schedule within the time intervals specified by the schedule shall be suspended from school attendance until documentary proof of the administration of another dose of each appropriate immunizing agent is provided to the school administrator.

H. The provisions of subsections B, D and E of this section do not apply to homeless pupils until the fifth calendar day after enrollment.

I. A school and its employees are immune from civil liability for decisions concerning the admission, readmission and suspension of a pupil that are based on a good faith implementation of the requirements of this article.
 

A.R.S. § 15-873. Exemptions; nonattendance during outbreak

A. Documentary proof is not required for a pupil to be admitted to school if one of the following occurs:

1. The parent or guardian of the pupil submits a signed statement to the school administrator stating that the parent or guardian has received information about immunizations provided by the department of health services and understands the risks and benefits of immunizations and the potential risks of nonimmunization and that due to personal beliefs, the parent or guardian does not consent to the immunization of the pupil

2. The school administrator receives written certification that is signed by the parent or guardian and by a physician or a registered nurse practitioner, that states that one or more of the required immunizations may be detrimental to the pupil's health and that indicates the specific nature and probable duration of the medical condition or circumstance that precludes immunization.

B. An exemption pursuant to subsection A, paragraph 2 is only valid during the duration of the circumstance or condition that precludes immunization.

C. Pupils who lack documentary proof of immunization shall not attend school during outbreak periods of communicable immunization-preventable diseases as determined by the department of health services or local health department. The department of health services or local health department shall transmit notice of this determination to the school administrator responsible for the exclusion of the pupils.
 

TITLE 36. PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY
CHAPTER 6. PUBLIC HEALTH CONTROL
ARTICLE 4.1 SCHOOL IMMUNIZATION

A.R.S. § 36-672. Immunizations; department rules 

A. Consistent with section 15-873, the director shall adopt rules prescribing required immunizations for school attendance, the approved means of immunization and indicated reinforcing immunizations for diseases, and identifying types of health agencies and health care providers which may sign a laboratory evidence of immunity. The rules shall include the required doses, recommended optimum ages for administration of the immunizations, persons who are authorized representatives to sign on behalf of a health agency and other provisions necessary to implement this article.

B. The director, in consultation with the superintendent of public instruction, shall develop by rule standards for documentary proof.

C. Immunization against the human papillomavirus is not required for school attendance.
 

A.R.S. § 36-674. Providing proof of immunization

A physician, local health department or school nurse administering an immunization shall furnish documentary proof of immunization to the person immunized or, if that person is a child, to the child's parent or guardian or the person in loco parentis of the child.


ARIZONA ADMINISTRATIVE CODE

TITLE 9. HEALTH SERVICES
CHAPTER 6. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES: COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
ARTICLE 7. VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASES

A.A.C. § R9-6-702. Required Immunizations for Child Care or School Entry

A. Except as provided in R9-6-706, the school administrator or child care administrator shall:

1. Ensure that a child attending a school or child care has been immunized for each of the following diseases according to Table 1 or Table 2:
a. Diphtheria;
b. Tetanus;
c. Hepatitis A, for a child 1 through 5 years of age in child care in Maricopa County;
d. Hepatitis B;
e. Pertussis;
f. Poliomyelitis;
g. Measles (rubeola);
h. Mumps;
i. Rubella (German Measles);
j. Haemophilus influenzae type b;
k. Varicella; and
l. Meningococcal; and

2. If a child does not have proof of immunization according to Table 1 or Table 2, exclude the child from:
a. School entry; or
b. Child care, unless the child is immunized against the diseases listed in subsection (A)(1) within 15 days following entry.

B. Unless exempt according to R9-6-706, a child who has not received VAR according to Table 1 or Table 2 shall:

1. Receive VAR according to the following:
a. By September 1, 2005 for a child who is entering kindergarten, first grade, or seventh grade;
b. By September 1, 2006 for a child who is entering kindergarten through second grade, seventh grade, or eighth grade;
c. By September 1, 2007 for a child who is entering kindergarten through third grade, or seventh grade through ninth grade;
d. By September 1, 2008 for a child who is entering kindergarten through fourth grade, or seventh grade through tenth grade;
e. By September 1, 2009 for a child who is entering kindergarten through fifth grade, or seventh grade through 11th grade; and
f. By September 1, 2010 for a child who is entering kindergarten through 12th grade; and

2. Be excluded from school entry by a school administrator until the child meets the requirements in Table 2.

C. Unless exempt according to R9-6-706, a child, 11 years of age or older, who has not received MV according to Table 1 or Table 2 shall:

1. Receive MV according to the following:
a. By September 1, 2008 for a child entering sixth grade;
b. By September 1, 2009 for a child entering sixth and seventh grade;
c. By September 1, 2010 for a child entering sixth through eighth grade;
d. By September 1, 2011 for a child entering sixth through ninth grade;
e. By September 1, 2012 for a child entering sixth through 10th grade;
f. By September 1, 2013 for a child entering sixth through 11th grade; and
g. By September 1, 2014 for a child entering sixth through 12th grade; and

2. Be excluded from school entry by a school administrator until the child meets the requirements in this Section.

D. Unless exempt according to R9-6-706, a child, 11 years of age or older, who has not received Tdap according to Table 1 or Table 2 shall:

1. Receive the Tdap according to the following:
a. By September 1, 2008 for a child entering sixth grade;
b. By September 1, 2009 for a child entering sixth and seventh grade;
c. By September 1, 2010 for a child entering sixth through eighth grade;
d. By September 1, 2011 for a child entering sixth through ninth grade;
e. By September 1, 2012 for a child entering sixth through 10th grade;
f. By September 1, 2013 for a child entering sixth through 11th grade; and
g. By September 1, 2014 for a child entering sixth through 12th grade; and

2. Be excluded from school entry by a school administrator until the child meets the requirements in this Section.

E. If the Department receives written notification from the CDC that there is a shortage of a vaccine for a disease listed in subsection (A)(1), or that the CDC is limiting the amount of a vaccine for a disease listed in subsection (A)(1), the Department shall:

1. Provide written notification to each school and child care in this state of the shortage or limitation of the vaccine;

2. Suspend compliance with subsections (A), (B), (C), and (D); and

3. Upon receiving written notification from the CDC that the vaccine is available, notify each school and child care in this state:
a. That the vaccine is available, and
b. Of the time by which an individual is required to comply with subsections (A), (B), (C), and (D).

F. The Department shall notify each school and child care in this state that the Department no longer requires compliance with subsections (A), (B), (C), and (D) for a disease listed in subsection (A)(1) if:

1. The disease is declared eradicated by:
a. The World Health Organization, and
b. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices; and

2. The Department no longer recommends immunization against the disease.
 

A.A.C. § R9-6-706. Exemptions to Immunizations

A. A child who has reached a fifth birthday is exempt from the Hib immunization requirement.

B. A child who is 7 through 10 years of age is exempt from the pertussis immunization requirement.

C. A child:

1. Until September 1, 2011, is exempt from the VAR immunization requirement if the child's responsible person states, verbally or in writing, that the child has had varicella; and

2. After September 1, 2011, is not exempt from the VAR immunization requirement unless the child provides laboratory evidence of immunity to varicella.

D. A child who submits laboratory evidence of immunity to a disease to a school or child care is not required to be immunized against that disease as a condition for school or child care entry.
E. For a child attending a school, a parent or guardian shall submit to the school a written statement of exemption from immunization for personal beliefs as required in A.R.S. § 15-873(A)(1) or written certification of medical exemption as required in A.R.S. § 15-873(A)(2) on a form provided by the Department that contains:

1. The child's name;

2. The child's date of birth;

3. The type of exemption requested;

4. The immunizations from which the parent or guardian is requesting an exemption;

5. Whether the medical exemption is permanent or temporary, if applicable;

6. The date the medical exemption terminates, if applicable;

7. The parent or guardian's signature and the date signed; and

8. The physician's or registered nurse practitioner's signature and the date signed, if applicable.

F. For a child attending a child care, a responsible person shall submit to the child care a written statement of exemption from immunization on a form provided by the Department that includes:

1. The child's name,

2. The child's date of birth,

3. The type of exemption,

4. The immunizations from which the responsible person is requesting an exemption,

5. If a medical exemption, whether the medical exemption is permanent or temporary,

6. If temporary, the date the medical exemption terminates, if applicable,

7. The responsible person's signature and the date signed, and

8. The physician's or registered nurse practitioner's signature and the date signed, if applicable.

G. A child care administrator or school administrator shall:

1. Record an exemption on a child's immunization record,

2. Allow a child with a temporary medical exemption to attend a child care or school until the date the temporary exemption terminates, and

3. Notify a child's responsible person in writing of the date the child is required to complete all immunizations before the temporary medical exemption terminates.

 


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