This list was compiled by Community Health intern Emily Wood in 2019. If you have updates to this list please e-mail [email protected]
In Alaska religious and medical exemptions for vaccines are permitted. Naturopaths in Alaska must be licensed to practice. It is undefined whether or not naturopaths in Alaska are able to administer vaccinations.
In Arizona, children are allowed to be exempt from immunizations based on personal beliefs, medical reasons, and religious beliefs. Naturopaths are licensed and seen equal to MDs in Arizona. This allows them to fill out medical exemption forms as well as administer vaccines. Some school districts may require more vaccines than listed on the state-wide list, always double check with a child’s school.
Grades K-12 (Immunization Requirements)
Arizona Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program Operations Guide (Arizona’s branch’s guide of the nation wide Vaccines for Children Program)
In California, naturopathic doctors (while under an MD) are allowed to write medical exemptions for school aged children. Interestingly while MDs also write medical exemptions, neither MDs nor NDs get the final say. In California, MDs as well as NDs are now only allowed to write five exemptions per year without being investigated, however they are often rejected. Depending on the county one lives in, a child may require different immunizations other than some state wide ones. Check with your county’s health department to learn exactly which immunizations a child needs. Children in California are not allowed to enroll in school without being immunized and the corresponding documentation.
CA Code of Regulations (Immunizations needed for each grade/age, also touches on conditional admission)
Homeless Education – Specialized Programs (CA Dept of Education) (speaks on immunizations for homeless children as well as enrollment in schools)
The state of Colorado accepts medical, religious, or personal belief exemptions. In Colorado Naturopaths are registered, but not licensed. Naturopaths are prohibited from treating children eight years old or younger unless they: have written permission from a collaborative physician, present the most current immunization schedule recommended by the CDC to the parent/guardian. It is not specified whether or not Naturopaths may administer immunizations in Colorado.
Adolescent Immunization Schedule Ages 7-18 Years (link to chart, scroll down to see)
Religious as well as medical exemptions are permitted in Connecticut. Naturopaths are licensed physicians in this state. It is unspecified whether or not naturopathic doctors are able to administer vaccines in the state of Connecticut. To receive a history of immunizations form, you must ask your medical provider.
Medical and religious exemptions are permitted in the District of Columbia. Naturopaths are licensed here, however it is undefined whether or not they are permitted to administer vaccines.
In Hawaii, religious as well as medical exemptions are permitted if adequate documentation is present. It is undefined whether or not naturopaths can administer vaccines, but Hawaiian naturopaths are licensed. Medical exemptions must be requested and obtained through medical providers.
2020-2021 School Health Requirements (Childcare/preschool-12th grade)
Religious as well as medical exemptions are permitted in the state of Idaho. Naturopaths in Idaho are also licensed and able to practice. However, it is not specified whether or not ND’s can administer vaccinations in the state of Idaho.
Preschool & Grades K-12 (School Immunization Requirements)
ImmunizationRecordRequests (The Immunization Records can be requested online, no forms to be found).
In Maine no exemptions are allowed for religious or personal beliefs beginning on Sept. 1, 2021. Naturopaths in the state of Maine are licensed and able to administer vaccines as well as fill out medical exemptions. Immunization records and exemption forms must be requested through a medical provider (including NDs).
Childhood Immunizations | Child Health (Link to Immunizations for Children Program)
Medical and religious exemptions are permitted in Maryland. Naturopathic doctors in Maryland are licensed, however it is undefined whether or not they may administer vaccines.
Massachusetts allows for medical and religious exemptions from vaccines. You may find the religious exemption forms at the child’s school. Medical exemption forms must be requested from medical providers (NDs included). As of February 2020, naturopaths are licensed in the state of Massachusetts but they are not allowed to administer vaccines.
Immunization Requirements for K-College (has links for K-College, summer camp requirements, and a new [as of 2020] meningococcal requirement)
General Law – Part I, Title XII, Chapter 76, Section 15 (Laws on immunizations)
Personal belief and medical exemptions are permitted in Minnesota. Naturopaths of Minnesota are licensed, however it is undefined whether or not they are able to administer vaccines.
Naturopathic doctors in Montana are allowed to vaccinate children and fill out certificates of immunization. Naturopathic doctors are NOT allowed to fill out the medical exemption form, though the law/s that govern medical exemptions are not consistent in their exclusion of naturopathic doctors.
Montana Department of Public Health Immunizations/Vaccines Web Page (almost all information can be found through links on this main site)
Administrative Rules of Montana (This link shows the actual law that governs vaccinations in children in Montana.)
Naturopathic doctors are not licensed in the state of Nevada, therefore they are unable to administer vaccines nor fill out medical exemptions. Nevada allows for medical as well as religious exemptions. Religious Exemptions must be completed and turned in by the parent to the school. Medical Exemptions must be completed and turned in by a medical professional to the school.
Nevada’s Statewide Immunization Information System (Keeps Record of all Immunizations)
New Hampshire allows for religious and medical immunization exemptions. It is undefined whether or not Naturopaths can administer vaccines, however they are licensed practitioners. Immunization history must be requested from a healthcare provider.
In New Mexico, religious as well as personal belief exemptions are permitted. Naturopaths are licensed and able to practice as primary care doctors in this state. It is unspecified whether or not naturopathic physicians are allowed to administer vaccines in New Mexico.
Naturopaths are licensed in the state of North Dakota. It is undefined whether or not Naturopaths are able to administer vaccines. Religious, personal belief, and medical exemptions are all allowed.
Oregon allows naturopathic doctors to administer vaccines to children and write a doctor’s note for medical exemption. Different immunizations are required for preschool and kindergarten depending on individual schools/early development centers.
Vaccines For Children Program (For children under medicaid or those uninsured)
School Immunization Rules (laws)
In the state of Pennsylvania religious, personal belief, and medical exemptions are permitted. Naturopaths are registered but not licensed in the state of Pennsylvania. It is undefined whether Naturopaths can administer vaccines or not.
Naturopaths are not licensed in the state of Rhode Island, therefore naturopaths are unable to give vaccines. Religious and medical exemptions are both allowed in the state of Rhode Island.
In Utah, it is undefined whether or not naturopaths are able to administer vaccines, however they are licensed and recognized as physicians. Exemptions are allowed for personal, medical and religious reasons.
Utah Immunization Guidebook 2019 | 2020 (More in-depth look at everything “vaccine” in Utah.)
Naturopaths are licensed in the state of Vermont and as such are able to fill out vaccine exemptions as well as administer vaccines. Exemptions are allowed if they are religious and/or medical.
In Wyoming Naturopaths are not licensed and as such they are unable to administer vaccines or fill out exemption waivers for vaccines. Wyoming has very strict rules about attending school without immunizations. A child cannot attend school or even day care for more than thirty days without immunization records presented.
Statutes & Rules (Laws and rules for Wyoming immunizations.)
In Washington State Naturopaths are allowed to vaccinate children and fill out certificates of immunization. They are also allowed to fill out the medical exemption form. Washington allows for both medical and religious exemptions.
Immunization Laws and Rules – Child Care (Pretty much all info can be found here through links.)
Immunization Law and Rules – Schools :: Washington State Department of Health (This link has all the links for each law depending on the age of the children.)
Patient Eligibility : Washington State Department of Health (This link holds information about vaccines for uninsured/medicaid children.)