Arizona School Immunization Requirements
To protect children against serious vaccine preventable diseases, Arizona school immunization law requires them to receive immunizations before entry to child care and school. It is the responsibility of the school administrator or child care administrator (or their designee) to ensure that an immunization record for each child attending school or child care is maintained at the school or child care center. The law requires child care facilities and schools to enforce immunization requirements, maintain immunization records of all children enrolled, and submit reports to public health agencies.
The Arizona Immunization Handbook for School and Child Care Immunization Requirements reviews school immunization requirements, staff responsibilities, procedures for evaluating immunization requirements, and reporting obligations. This handbook supersedes all earlier versions, previously known as the Arizona Informational Guide to School and Child Care Immunization Requirements.
For more information visit the Arizona Department of Health Services Arizona Immunication Program website.
School Immunization Requirements and Resources for Kindergarten through 12th Grade
Students must have proof of all required immunizations, or a valid exemption, in order to attend school. Arizona law allows exemptions for medical reasons, lab evidence of immunity, and personal beliefs. Exemption forms are available from schools and online. Homeless students are allowed a 5-day grace period to submit
Child Care Immunization Requirements and Resources for Child Care Centers, Preschool and Head Start
Because children who attend child care are at greater risk of exposure to illness, Arizona state law requires that some immunizations be completed at the beginning of the age range listed on the recommended immunization schedule found here . Exceptions, minimum intervals and a “catch up” schedule can be found here. Updates to these requirements will be posted here.
Helpful School and Child Care Tools
- Arizona Immunization Handbook for Schools & Child Care Programs
- School FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) (updated 07/14/2016)
- Binational Immunization Resource Tool for Children from Birth through 18 years
- Flowchart for School Immunizations
- Varicella History Flowchart
- School and Child Care Forms Available from the Arizona Immunization Program Office
Immunization Exemption Forms
- Medical Exemption Form [Español] - Must be completed by the child's physician or nurse practitioner.
- Religious Beliefs Exemption Form [Español] - Must be completed by the parent or guardian of a child attending childcare or preschool programs. The initials of the parent/guardian and the date are required next to each vaccine preventable disease description, in addition to the signature and date at the bottom of the form.
- Personal Beliefs Exemption Form [Español] - Must be completed by the parent or guardian of a student attending Kindergarten through 12th grade. Personal Beliefs exemptions are not applicable in childcare or preschool programs. The initials of the parent/guardian and the date are required next to each vaccine preventable disease description, in addition to the signature and date at the bottom of the form.
Statutes and Rules for Immunization Requirements
Vaccines for Children (VFC)
The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. The program was officially implemented in October 1994 as part of the President's Childhood Immunization Initiative. Funding for the VFC Program allows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to buy vaccines at a discount from the manufacturers and distribute them to state health departments and certain local and territorial public health agencies, which in turn distribute them at no charge to private physician offices and public health clinics registered as VFC providers.
*Excerpted from the Federal VFC Operations Guide
Previous Vaccine Center Updates:
VFC Re-Enrollment for 2016 Has Begun: Please Read the VFC Re-Enrollment Letter to Providers
Arizona Vaccine Center 2015-2016 VFC Influenza Inventory Update (December 2015)
2015-2016 VFC Influenza Update
2015-2016 VFC Influenza Vaccines are Now Available to Order
VFC Program Provider Update 2015
Updates from the Vaccine Center, February 2013
Immunizations vary by age group, for the best information for you and your family choose the age group you are interested in for more information. There is also additional information on the requirements for School & Childcare settings and Special Populations, such as people with chronic conditions, pregnant women, or health care workers.
Additional information on childhood immunizations can be found in the CDC’s Parent's Guide to Immunizations.
Where to Get Vaccines in Arizona
- The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI)
- Other Health Resources for Vaccinations
- Are you Underinsured and looking for a location to receive VFC vaccine for the vaccines that are not covered by your private insurance? Take a look at the Underinsured Referral Locations Document for a location near you.
Vaccine Schedules and Tools
- Vaccine Schedules and Tools Page for Children and Adolescents
This includes all vaccine information for children 0 to 18 years old.
- Vaccine Schedules and Tools for Adults 19+
Obtaining Copies of Immunization Records
Parents who need to obtain a copy of their child's immunization records should contact their provider's office or their local County Health Department. If they are unable to obtain a copy of the record from these locations, parents can also pick up copies from the Arizona Department of Health Services, Immunization Program Office located at 150 N. 18th Avenue, Suite 120 Phoenix, AZ 85007. Parents should fill out the immunization records request form and fax or email the form along with proper identification to fax 602-364-3285 or email [email protected] and identify where they would like the immunization record to be sent.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides detailed travel guidance online regarding travel medicines, travel vaccines, and other travel-related health issues. This guidance can be found in the CDC Health Information for International Travelers. The Table of Contents includes destination-specific recommendations, malaria prophylaxis, information regarding specific diseases and vaccines, and guidance on general preventive health measures.
You will need to check with your healthcare provider about which travel-related vaccines or medicines they can provide for you. Clinics and providers in Arizona that are certified yellow fever vaccine sites will often be able to assist with travel counseling, travel vaccines, and travel-related medicines. You can call these different clinics to find out what services they offer, the cost of the needed medicines or vaccines, and which medicines and/or vaccines may be covered by your health insurance.
For further questions about this information, you can call the Arizona Immunization Program Office at (602) 364-3630.
Vaccine Safety Reporting
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national vaccine safety surveillance program co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). VAERS provides a nationwide mechanism by which adverse events following immunization may be reported, analyzed, and made available to the public. VAERS also provides a vehicle for disseminating vaccine safety-related information to parents and guardians, health care providers, vaccine manufacturers, state vaccine programs, and other constituencies.
Where to Get Vaccines in Arizona
- Get Vaccinated
- ADHS resources to refer patients
For a list of providers (FQHCs, RHCs, county health departments and deputized private providers) with authority to immunize underinsured children with VFC vaccine, please review the Underinsured Referral Locations Document.
Arizona State Immunization Information System
The Arizona State Immunization Information System (ASIIS) is an immunization registry designed to capture immunization data on individuals within the state. Providers are mandated under Arizona Revised Statute (ARS) §36-135 to report all immunizations administered to children 18 years of age and younger to the state's health department. The registry serves as a receptacle for accommodating these reported data. In this capacity, the registry then provides a valuable tool for the management and reporting of immunization information to public health professionals, private and public healthcare providers, parents, guardians and other child care personnel.
Click here for more information.
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