U.S. State Exemption
Information

Following is a reference guide to state exemptions. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact us for further information. You may also contact your local health department for exemption updates as exemption laws change from time to time. You may also want to reference National Vaccine Information Center.

MEDICAL EXEMPTION: All states permit a medical exemption from vaccinations when a medical doctor certifies that a particular vaccine is contraindicated for the individual.

RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION: The following states permit a religious exemption: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming

PHILOSOPHICAL EXEMPTION: The following states permit a philosophical exemption: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin

WHAT CONSTITUTES RELIGION

An area of misconception lies in the "religious exemption" clause. Parents are misled and are forced into submitting a letter from their place of worship stating that the church disagrees with the vaccination of children and/or adults.

The assumption by some that the "religious beliefs" of an individual must be dictated by the policy of some church is patently wrong. Webster’s Dictionary will not uphold this belief, but since this is a legal question, a legal dictionary should be consulted. Black’s Law Dictionary provides these definitions:

RELIGION: "Man’s relation to Divinity, to reverence, worship, obedience, and submission to mandates and precepts of supernatural or superior beings. In its broadest sense includes all forms of belief in the existence of superior beings exercising power over human beings by volition, imposing rules of conduct, with future rewards and punishments. Bond uniting man to God, and a virtue whose purpose is to render God worship due him as source of all being and principle of all government of things." (Nikulnikoff v. Archbishop, etc., of Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church, 142 Misc. 894, 255 N.Y.S. 653,663)

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: "Within Constitution embraces not only the right to worship God according to the dictates of one’s conscience, but also the right to do, or forbear to do, any act, for conscience sake, the doing or forbearing of which is not inimical to the peace, good order, and morals of society." (Barnette v. West Virginia State Board of Education, D.C.W.Va. 47 F. Supp. 251, 253,254; Jones v. City of Moultrie, 196 Ga. 526,27 S.E. 2d 39)

THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION

The Constitution of the United States of America supports God’s law, and any compulsory vaccination program is in violation thereof. It would violate the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution (Article IV and the Preamble), Articles VI, IX and X of the Bill of Rights and Article XIV of the Amendments.

U.S. Constitution, Preamble: "We the people…and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…" U.S. Constitution, Article IV, Section 2: "The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States…"

Bill Of Rights, Article VI: "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of Counsel for his defense." (Therefore, in order for the state or federal governments to vaccinate children against the parents’ authority, they would have to charge the parent under criminal laws and then try their case in court. The government cannot do that because it is a legal fiction and it would not have jurisdiction.)

Bill Of Rights, Article IX: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

Bill Of Rights, Article X: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Amendments, Article XIV, Section 1: "…No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States, nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

GUARDIANSHIP OVER CHILDREN

The Declaration of Independence begins: "When in the course of human events,… and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitles them,…

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…"

God, not governments, gave men and women children. God, not governments, gave men and women the responsibilities of caring for and raising those children. And, God, not governments, is who parents need to answer to when making decisions for the children. This fact should be clear to all.

The parent, by the grace of God, has been empowered to bring into this physical existence a child to love, care for, raise and release into God’s kingdom; here on earth empowered to do the same.

There is no governmental law of mankind that gives one person authority over another in caring for one’s own family.

(Taken from Parental Rights: Combating School Vaccination Policies by Louis Briegel II, D.C.)