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.