Two New immunizations Required For 6th Grade Kids This Year In AZ
By Elisha Dorfsmith
This school year children starting 6th grade will be asked to get two new immunizations before they are allowed to attend classes. The new immunizations “required” by state law are a meningitis vaccine and Tdap booster.
What many parents in Arizona don’t realize is that they have the right to opt out of any immunizations for any reason simply by filling out a form and returning it to their child’s school.
You can find the Arizona Immunization Opt Out form here:
July 26, 2013 UPDATE: This week the previous exemption link was taken down from the State website. The new link to the document is almost impossible to find. Perfect timing for them to make it difficult to find right before school starts up and parents are looking for the form. Here’s the new link:
Don’t expect the Flagstaff Unified School District to inform you of your right as a parent to opt out. They have a tendency to do everything they can to keep parents in the dark about their rights. I have had members of the FUSD board get very angry at me for sharing this opt out information in the past.
Of course I would never want to tell parents what I think they should do with their children’s health decisions and immunization choices. I simply believe that all parents deserve to know their rights and the options available.
Do lots of research and make an educated decision.