Washington State law requires that each child attending school be immunized according to a schedule determined by the Washington State Board of Health. When registering a child for school, parents and guardians are asked to provide proof of acquired immunity for vaccine-preventable diseases through a Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) documenting medically verified records showing vaccinations or evidence of immunity. Registration and attendance at school are contingent upon either adequate immunization or documented exemption from immunization.
Immunization requirements for school attendance may be different than those requirements during an "outbreak" of an actual vaccine preventable disease at school. The local regional health department determines when an outbreak is occurring and determines any additional requirements needed during the outbreak. For this reason, it is very important to continue reporting the dates of your child's immunizations each year since you first registered your child. Dates can be reported to your child's school office.
The Washington Immunization Information System (IIS) is a statewide registry system for tracking and storing immunization data. The system is a secure, web-based tool connecting healthcare providers, schools and people of all ages who receive immunizations. More healthcare providers are recording immunization data in IIS every year. Your child’s healthcare provider or school secretary may be able to print out a current CIS form for your child from this registry for you to sign and provide to the school.
Parents and guardians desiring access to their family’s immunization records can sign up for an account in “MyIR” to view, download and print records, or can sign up for "MyIR Mobil." Click on the link below for additional information about accessing immunization records.
The "Watch Me Grow Washington" health promotion program provides free important health and safety information to Washington families with young children (birth to six years) by mail. Information focuses on age-specific topics concerning child health, immunizations, growth and development, nutrition, safety and parenting. The information can also be viewed online.