Connecticut Statute provides for both medical and religious
exemption from vaccines. Additionally,
Connecticut Statute also allows for exemption from specific vaccines when a
child possesses a physician statement stating that the child has had a
confirmed case of the disease.
are granted when an individual has experienced a previous reaction to a vaccine
or if the individual has a medical contraindication against receiving a
particular vaccine. The Connecticut Statutes
simply say that physicians may give medical exemptions. On the childs physical form for school
entry there is an area for a medical exemption to be completed.
exemptions. Connecticut also has a
religious exemption, which can be claimed when vaccination conflicts with ones
beliefs. Religious exemption is
generally understood to be an all or nothing proposition. It is assumed that if one vaccine conflicts
with ones beliefs, then they all do.
Since beliefs may change, one may have been vaccinated to a point in the
past, but may later decide to use the religious exemption and not further
For those who try to claim a religious exemption for one
vaccine but not another it is important to understand that one is entering a
very murky area and it would be best to discuss this attempt at a religious
exemption with an attorney. CTVIA does
not know of any situation in Connecticut where an individual successfully
claimed a religious exemption for one vaccine while at the same time
vaccinating for another.
When locating an attorney it is best to find one that
specializes in or is very familiar with the vaccine issue. CTVIA has several attorneys listed under our
legal other links section. CTVIA
does not endorse any particular attorney.
Additionally, you may want to contact the National Vaccine Information
Center (NVIC), www.909shot.com for other attorneys. CTVIA also has a couple books listed in our books section that
deals with exemptions.
This folder contains a religious exemption form provided by
the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH). This form, according to the Connecticut DPH, is acceptable as a
religious exemption. Please note that
under Connecticut Statute you are not required to disclose your religion. In fact disclosing your religion could cause
your religious exemption to be challenged.
It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the Connecticut
Statute. Because of the vaccine
controversy, if your religious exemption is questioned or challenged then it
may be in your best interest to contact an attorney as soon as possible rather
then arguing or trying to justify your beliefs to the questioning
officials. Again, this area of law is
rather specialized and an attorney familiar with the vaccine issue and
religious exemptions would best serve your needs.
If you decide to use the Connecticut DPHs religious
exemption form, make sure the Connecticut Statute cited matches your
situation. The statute cited in the
religious exemption is for school age children. If you are using this religious exemption for daycare then you
need to change the statute to correspond with daycare which would be Section
19a-87b, as listed under the CTVIA CT State Law area.
There has been considerable controversy regarding daycare
requirements. Some daycare providers
are under the impression that an appropriate church authority must sign the
religious exemption. This is not
correct. Some providers cite DPH forms
that show this requirement in [brackets].
It is important to understand that any clauses in [brackets] have been
Parents have been known to get their religious exemption
notarized. Although there are no
guarantees, both parents often sign the religious exemption in case of a
divorce or one of the parents die. In these cases, their wishes are in writing.
Immunity. Finally, one may try to
obtain proof of immunity. One way to
prove immunity is to have a physician confirm that a patient has already
contracted the disease. An example of
this would be a confirmed case of the chickenpox. The physicians statement should be accepted in place of a
vaccine, according to the statutes.
Another way of obtaining a proof of immunity is through a
titer blood test, which measures the antibody titers against specific diseases,
such as measles and rubella. If the
titers are high enough then this may pass for proof of immunity and may be used
as another form of exemption. Since
vaccine package inserts list that a certain percentage of people obtain sufficient
antibody titers before completing an entire series of vaccinations, some people
choose to test their antibodies prior to getting additional vaccine doses. It may be best to find out what is
considered a high enough antibody level prior to learning the blood test
If you have any additional questions feel free to contact
CTVIA at 860-231-2231.