NM alters child vaccination waiver form
Posted at: 08/29/2012 8:55 AM
| Updated at: 08/29/2012 8:58 AM
By: The Associated Press
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico heath officials want parents to stop citing philosophical reasons when seeking to exempt their children from immunizations required to attend public school or day care.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the New Mexico Department of Health recently changed the form used to apply for an exemption to prevent "philosophical objections" over health concerns that vaccine-preventable diseases are on the rise.
Officials say the legal reasons that a child may avoid getting vaccinated are medical and religious.
The old form had asked parents to affirm that they held religious beliefs, either jointly or individually, that didn't allow them to have their children vaccinated, but the form didn't require parents to state the exact nature of their beliefs.
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