Vaccination Is Voluntary for Students in LA

In Louisiana, state law provides in R.S. 17:170 that all students in public or private school from day care or kindergarten through college shall submit at the time of registration or entry proof of immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases approved by the La. Dept. of Health.

However, the same statute provides in R.S. 17:170(E) as follows:

“No person seeking to enter any school or facility enumerated in Subsection A of this Section shall be required to comply with the provisions of this Section if the student or his parent or guardian submits either a written statement from a physician stating that the procedure is contraindicated for medical reasons, or a written dissent from the student or his parent or guardian is presented.”

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