Washington State MMR Vaccine Law

  • The new law will take effect July 28, 2019 and applies to public and private schools and licensed child cares.
  • The law also requires employees and volunteers at child care centers to provide immunization records indicating they have received the MMR vaccine or proof of immunity.
  • This law does not change religious and medical exemption laws. Children who have one of these types of exemptions on file are not affected by the new law.
  • This law does not change personal and philosophical exemptions for vaccines other than MMR.
  • Access your family’s immunization records if you need to check whether you or your child meets the MMR vaccine requirements.
  • This law will not affect most students. More than 9 out of 10 kindergartners in Washington are complete with both doses of MMR vaccine, and 96 percent of 6th graders have both doses. These students, along with those who have medical or religious exemptions, will notice no change from the new exemption law.
  • Learn more about Engrossed House Bill 1638 here, or read the full text of the new law.

BALLARD PEDIATRIC CLINIC POLICY:

If you have a personal/philosophical reason for not wanting the MMR vaccine we cannot sign an exemption form. You will need to schedule an appointment to get your child vaccinated.

If your child has a medical reason that we have documented in your child’s record, we can sign their form.

If you are claiming a religious exemption, you will need to schedule an appointment with your child’s doctor for education and then we can sign the form.

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MEASLES OUTBREAK INFORMATION

July 16, 2019 Blog entry: 

What to do if you were in a location of potential measles exposure:

Most people in our area have immunity to the measles through vaccination so the risk to the general public is low.  However, anyone who was in the locations of potential exposure to measles round the times listed below should:

  1. Find out if they have been vaccinated for measles or have previously had measles. AND
  2. Call your health care provider promptly if they develop an illness with fever or illness with an unexplained rash.  To avoid possibly spreading measles to other patients, DO NOT ENTER A CLINIC OR HOSPITAL without calling first to tell them you want to be evaluated for measles.  

Due to the high volume of calls we have been receiving about the Measles outbreak in Vancouver, we wanted to share some information to help our patients understand the current status. We have spoken with Public Health Seattle King County and because there have been 10 confirmed case of Measles in King County, early MMR vaccination on a widespread basis is not currently being recommended. If you think your child has had direct exposure to a confirmed case of measles, please contact our office immediately. If your child will be traveling to a place that has a current Measles outbreak (like many parts of Europe or Vancouver, WA) then an early MMR vaccine can be given (between 6 and 12 months of age) or an early booster (between 12mo and 4 years of age) as a travel vaccine. Remember that vaccines need to be given 2 weeks before departure to ensure adequate time to build immunity. Ballard Pediatric Clinic continues to recommend routine MMR vaccination at 12 months and 4 years of age.

We will not be giving early doses of MMR vaccine on a routine or request basis unless we are instructed to do so by Public Health Seattle King County.

 We will continue to monitor any spread of Measles in King County and update recommendations as we learn them from the health department. Please visit the link below for up-to-date Measles cases by county in Washington.

https://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/IllnessandDisease/Measles

 

 

 

 

Memorial Day Closure

Our office will be CLOSED on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.  We will re-open on Tuesday, May 28th at 8:00am

REMINDER: 

Seattle Children’s Hospital has after-hours clinics available at the Main Campus in Seattle, Everett, Bellevue and Federal Way.  Walk-in appointments are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Or, you can schedule an appointment on-line at seattlechildrens.org/urgentcare or call 206-987-2211.

The hours are:

Monday-Friday:   5pm – 10:30pm

Weekends and Holidays:   11am – 8pm

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

 

Happy Holidays from BPC!

Our office will be closed on Tuesday, December 25th.

We will re-open on Wednesday, December 26th

Reminder:
Seattle Children’s Hospital has after-hours clinic available
at the Main Campus in Seattle, Everett, Bellevue, and Federal Way.

You do not need an appointment.

The after-hours availablity are:

Monday-Friday:   5:00pm – 10:30pm
Weekends and Holidays:   11:00am – 8:00pm

Thank you and Happy Holidays!