Health Freedom Iowa advocates for every Iowan to be able to choose their course of medical treatment and freedom from forced medical procedures, including vaccinations. The decision to vaccinate is a highly personal choice and should not be taken lightly. As with any medical procedure, education is key to knowing the true risks and side effects.
Iowa Immunization Requirements
Iowa Code, Chapter 139a.8(6) and Iowa Administrative Code, 641-7.7(139) outline the immunization requirement for students attending licensed child care centers and elementary or secondary schools. Students shall have received the required immunizations and submit the Iowa Department of Public Health Certificate of Immunization or have a valid Certificate of Immunization Exemption, or Provisional Certificate of Immunization.
The state of Iowa currently accepts medical and religious exemptions.
A medical exemption must be approved and signed by a licensed medical doctor (MD or DO), physician's assistant, or nurse practitioner (a chiropractor can NOT sign a medical exemption form). A religious exemption form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian and notarized. A clergy does not have to sign a religious exemption. You are not required to disclose your religion. Please note that Iowa Department of Public Health rules do not apply to immunization requirements for colleges and universities. You will need to contact the college or university directly for their immunization policies.
To download the medical exemption form, click here.
To download the religious exemption form, click here.
Certificate of Immunization Exemption Q&A document provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Certificate of Immunization Exemption Letter provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health to immunization partners.
Iowa code 139A.8(6) - Communicable and infectious diseases and poisonings - Immunization of children
Iowa Immunization Administrative Code
Iowa Department of Public Health Immunization Requirements
Iowans for Informed Consent
Learn the Risk
National Vaccine Information Center
Vaccine Awareness & Education Network (Facebook Group)
Meet Christopher Bunch, a young man from Moline, Illinois (just across the river from Health Freedom Iowa's headquarters). Christopher passed away at the age of 14 after receiving the Gardasil (HPV) vaccine. You can read Christopher's entire story and more information on the HPV vaccine at www.ChristopherBunch.org.
Health Freedom Iowa's billboard in Des Moines on Douglas just west of Merle Hayes, honoring Iowa native baby Aviana Woods. Aviana passed away 12 hours after receiving 8 vaccines at her 4 month well check. This billboard was done by Brandy Vaughan of Learn the Risk and Health Freedom Iowa member Courtney Lynn.