There are many things about being a kid that are unforgettable — running, jumping, learning to read or playing with friends. Getting a vaccine-preventable disease should not be one of them.
Immunizing our children is a great way to keep them happy and healthy. Proof of immunization is a requirement for attendance at any school (kindergarten – 12th grade), Head Start, or childcare facility in Utah. An exemption may be granted for medical, religious, or personal reasons.
It is important as healthcare professionals to promote immunization as an effective tool to prevent many diseases. Even though progress has been made to eliminate many vaccine-preventable diseases, they still exist. We must be vigilant in our efforts to ensure that as many children are protected as possible.
The Utah Immunization Program and the Utah State Board of Education are pleased to provide you with the Utah Immunization Guidebook.
All children who attend school or any of the following early childhood programs are required by the Utah Immunization Rule for Students to provide proof of immunization, an exemption, or proof of immunity against a disease for which vaccination is required.
The Utah Department of Health recommends a layered prevention approach consistent with the Utah COVID-19 Disease Plan and CDC school guidelines to minimize the impact of COVID-19 exposures and outbreaks in school settings and maximize opportunities for children to participate in in-school learning and extracurricular activities.
A parent may claim an exemption to immunization for medical, religious, or personal reasons, as allowed by Section 53G-9-303 of the Utah Statutory Code.
Proof of immunity to disease(s) can be accepted in place of vaccination only if a document from a healthcare provider stating the student previously contracted the disease is presented to the school.
The Utah Immunization Program has an inventory of educational materials designed to assist patients in making informed decisions about vaccines. Educational materials are also available for public and private healthcare providers and schools.
These educational modules, “Understanding the Utah Immunization Rule for Students,” are designed to make the Utah Immunization Rule for Students (R396-100)* easier to understand for school personnel who administer the Rule.
State law requires that schools and early childhood programs collect immunization information and report immunization data annually. Data is collected to determine which schools and childcare facilities are in compliance with state law and to determine how many children are adequately immunized.