ARNPs United of Washington State

MMR Vaccine Exemption Law Change 2019

Posted 4 months ago by Nancy Lawton

The Nursing Commission sent this message on behalf of the Department of Health Immunization and Child Profile Office.

MMR Vaccine Exemption Law Change 2019

In 2019, the Washington State Legislature passed a bill that removes the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine required for school and child care entry. It also requires employees and volunteers at child care centers to provide immunization records indicating they have received the MMR vaccine or proof of immunity. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 10, 2019.

To help answer questions and share the current status, DOH has created an exemption law change webpage at This page contains information and resources on school and child care immunization requirement changes. The page is being updated as more information becomes available. 

The recent measles outbreaks in Washington and the ongoing outbreaks across the United States demonstrate why the change to the vaccine exemption law will help keep Washington healthy and safe from three serious diseases. As the new law comes into effect, DOH will continue work in helping parents and the public understand the safety record of vaccines and the critical role they have in saving lives.

Immunization Catch-Up Schedule and School and Child Care Requirements Updates

Date and Time
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT

Register for the webinar

About this Event

The Department of Health Immunization Nurse Consultants will discuss the immunization catch-up schedule, immunization rules and exceptions, and updates to school and child care immunization requirements. Trang Kuss, RN, MN, MPH, and Katherine Graff, RN, BSN, will present for this webinar.
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 1.0 contact hours will be awarded for completion of the activity.

 Contact Trang Kuss for more information.


This email was sent to using GovDelivery Communications Cloud on behalf of: Washington State Department of Health · 101 Israel Road SE, Tumwater, WA 98501