A request for a religious exemption from immunization requirements must be presented to the facility/school on the Department of Health’s Religious Exemption From Immunization(DH 681 Form). The Form is issued ONLY by county health departments and only for a child who is not immunized because of his/her family’s religious tenets or practices. Religious exemption from immunization requirements is located at: www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/immunization/schoolguide.pdf.
Locate your county health department: http://www.floridahealth.gov
You do not need to complete any form to participate in Florida SHOTS.
If you include your child’s record in Florida SHOTS, your healthcare provider will:
Florida is an opt-out state. If you choose to opt out, your child’s record will not be accessible through Florida SHOTS. You will have to send a written request to opt your child back into the registry.
The state of Florida currently offers two forms of immunization exemptions: Medical and Religious. These exemptions are provided for children under 18 years of age by The Florida Department of Health. College students and adults are not provided exemptions from Florida Department of Health.
Private health care providers may grant a Temporary Medical Exemption (TME), documented on the Form DH 680, Florida Certification of Immunization, for those who are in the process of completing any necessary immunizations. The TME requires an expiration date after which the exemption is no longer valid, and the immunizations must be completed before or at that time.
A Permanent Medical Exemption, documented on the Form DH 680, can be granted if a child cannot be fully immunized due to medical reasons. In this case, the child's physician must state in writing, the reasons for exemption based on valid clinical reasoning or evidence.
Form DH 681, Religious Exemption From Immunization, is issued if immunizations are in conflict with the religious tenets and practices of the child's parent or guardian. This exemption is issued by a County Health Department (CHD) and based on established religious beliefs or practices only.
A request for a religious exemption from immunization requirements must be presented to the facility/school on the Department of Health’s Religious Exemption From Immunization (DH 681 Form). The Form is issued ONLY by county health departments and ONLY for a child who is not immunized because of his/her family’s religious tenets or practices. Religious exemption from immunization requirements is located at: http://www.floridahealth.gov/.../immuniza.../schoolguide.pdf.
The Florida Legislature passed a law effective January 7, 2003, that requires all students who attend a Florida college and reside on campus to receive a meningitis and hepatitis B vaccine, or submit a waiver stating that they do not want the vaccine (if the student is under 18, a parent or guardian must sign the waiver). You should contact the specific college to find out their requirements and procedures.
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