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Immunization Laws

Nevada Immunization Laws

Nevada law requires that children receive specific immunizations before entering public and private kindergarten-12th grade schools, licensed child care centers, and universities. Most children need booster shots before starting kindergarten and 7th grade to meet these requirements.

Schools with lower immunization rates are more vulnerable to the spread of diseases such as measles and whooping cough. By increasing the immunization rates in our schools, we are protecting students from preventable diseases and ensuring a healthy economic future for our community.

Exemption rules

Children with appropriate medical conditions may receive temporary or permanent medical exemptions if authorized by their physicians.

Parents who want to exempt their child from one or more required immunizations because of their religious beliefs must provide to the school or child care facility: A letter or affidavit requesting an exemption that states that the required immunization(s) are contrary to their religious beliefs.

To protect themselves and others from spreading disease, children with any of these exemptions can be excluded from school during an outbreak of a disease against which they are not fully immunized. In addition to the vaccines for which an exemption is being requested, parents must submit official immunization records to the school or daycare for the vaccines that the child did receive. This will help schools know which students have and haven’t been immunized when a vaccine-preventable disease may be spreading at school.