Background: School-entry vaccination laws in the
Setting: U.S. 50 states and DC
Population: The assessment looked at the school-entry vaccination laws and processes in all 50 states and DC
Project Description: Annually, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires states to report information on school-entry vaccination laws, exemptions and processes for changing and enforcing laws. These data are based on self-reports by the immunization programs in the states and DC. CDC does an email follow-up on those self-reports to fill in any missing information. The objectives of this assessment are to present the current status of school-entry vaccination laws in the
Results/Lessons Learned: The processes for changing laws or regulations, exemptions, and enforcement are important factors in achieving and maintaining national goals for vaccination coverage. Reporting this information provides health officials with a foundation for understanding differences in school-entry vaccination laws, ensuing re-evaluation of uniform requirements and improving vaccination coverage rates.