School Vaccination Requirements and Exemptions

All states, the District of Columbia, and territories have vaccination requirements for children attending childcare facilities and schools. These vaccination requirements are important tools for maintaining high vaccination coverage and low rates of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs). Exemptions from vaccination requirements may apply for some children.

Vaccination requirements and permitted exemptions vary by area. Please check with your state, local, and territorial health departments for more information.

Page last reviewed: October 12, 2017