Vermont school immunization regulations require that all children be vaccinated prior to enrollment in a public or private school. Efforts are underway to reduce the number of children who don't meet immunization requirements as 7.9% of kindergarten students were provisionally admitted in 2013-14.
The philosophic exemption rate remained high at 5.8%. Of those students that had not received a specific vaccine, philosophic exemptions were identified as the primary reason. Health Department nurses are working with school nurses across Vermont to ensure that parents are informed about required immunizations. All components of the revised statute on vaccine exemptions in schools 18 V.S.A. § 1122, passed in 2012, have been fully implemented by the Health Department.