Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Information about the medical vaccine exemption in North Carolina

As Paul Offit explains there are generally three ways to exempt someone from required vaccines: for medical, religious, or philosophical reasons. And while North Carolina doesn't allow a philosophical exemption based on the "personal belief or philosophy of a parent or guardian not founded upon a religious belief," the religious exemption is easy enough to (ab)use in the case of "philosophical" objections as I've written about already. But what about the medical exemption?

North Carolina law provides for a medical vaccine exemption under G.S. 130A-156 "[i]f a physician licensed to practice medicine in this State certifies that a required immunization is or may be detrimental to a person's health due to the presence of one of the contraindications adopted by the Commission" or the physician requests that the State Health Director grant an exemption "for a contraindication not on the list adopted by the Commission." In the latter case, the physician must also provide "documentation to support the request (clinic notes, labs, etc)." For more details and links to the related general statutes and administrative code, check out the NC DHS web site. 

Polio vaccination in Sweden 1957.jpg
By Ingemar Berling/Pressens Bild.
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This post is part of a series on vaccines.

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