Immunization Exemptions

Immunizations protect against several dangerous, and sometimes deadly, diseases.  Unimmunized individuals are at a greater risk for exposure to vaccine-preventable diseases and can spread these diseases to those that are too young to be fully immunized or to others who cannot be protected for medical reasons. Because of this, the State of Missouri requires children to be immunized with specific vaccinations before entering or continuing education in all public and some private schools.

To protect others within the community, unimmunized individuals could be excluded from school or other activities during outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. This exposure can cause hardship for a child and their parents or guardians.

Requesting Immunization Exemption forms through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS)