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All 50 states have laws requiring certain vaccines for children. But most people are familiar with the fact that exemptions to these requirements exist. All states allow some type of exemptions for medical reasons, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which has compiled each state’s laws on the subject.

Besides medical reasons, exemptions to vaccination requirements fall into two general categories: religious exemptions and philosophical ones for those who find vaccines a violation of their personal or moral beliefs.

What exemptions does you state allow?

• Religious exemption

Alaska

Alabama

• Religious exemption

Arizona

• Religious exemption

• Philosophical exemption

Arkansas

• Religious exemption

• Philosophical exemption

California

• Religious exemption*

• Philosophical exemption

Colorado

• Religious exemption

• Philosophical exemption

Connecticut

• Religious exemption

Delaware

• Religious exemption

Florida

• Religious exemption

Georgia

• Religious exemption

Hawaii

• Religious exemption

Idaho

• Religious exemption

• Philosophical exemption

Illinois

• Religious exemption

Indiana

• Religious exemption

Iowa

• Religious exemption

Kansas

• Religious exemption

Kentucky

• Religious exemption

Louisiana

• Religious exemption*

• Philosophical exemption

Maine

• Religious exemption

• Philosophical exemption

Maryland

• Religious exemption

Massachusetts

• Religious exemption

Michigan

• Religious exemption

• Philosophical exemption

Minnesota

• Religious exemption*

• Philosophical exemption

Mississippi

• No religious or philosophical exemptions

Missouri

• Religious exemption

• Philosophical exemption*

*The philosophical exemption in Missouri only applies to day care, preschool and nursery school.

Montana

• Religious exemption

Nebraska

• Religious exemption

Nevada

• Religious exemption

New Hampshire

• Religious exemption

New Jersey

• Religious exemption

New Mexico

• Religious exemption

New York

• Religious exemption

North Carolina

• Religious exemption

North Dakota

• Religious exemption

• Philosophical exemption

Ohio

• Religious exemption

• Philosophical exemption

Oklahoma

• Religious exemption

• Philosophical exemption

Oregon

• Religious exemption

• Philosophical exemption

Pennsylvania

• Religious exemption

• Philosophical exemption

Rhode Island

• Religious exemption

South Carolina

• Religious exemption

South Dakota

• Religious exemption

Tennessee

• Religious exemption

Texas

• Religious exemption

• Philosophical exemption

Utah

• Religious exemption

• Philosophical exemption

Vermont

• Religious exemption

• Philosophical exemption

Virginia

• Religious exemption

Washington, D.C.

• Religious exemption

Washington state

• Religious exemption

• Philosophical exemption

West Virginia

• No religious or philosophical exemptions

Wisconsin

• Religious exemption

• Philosophical exemption

Wyoming

• Religious exemption

**The existing statute in California, Minnesota and Louisiana does not explicitly recognize a religious exemption. But the nonmedical exemption may encompass religious beliefs.

This list is adapted from the National Conference on State Legislatures, which cites the Immunization Action Coalition, an immunization advocacy group, for the data.