It seems our fearless leaders in the Mississippi House of Representatives voted to expand the vaccine exemptions available to children today. The measure passed nine votes and had thirty-three sponsors. The bill will allow parents to obtain vaccine exemptions from out of state-doctors.
it shall be unlawful for any child to attend any school, kindergarten or similar type facility intended for the instruction of children (hereinafter called "schools"), either public or private,.... unless they * * * have a certificate of vaccination or have submitted to the school a letter of exemption from vaccination.Mississippi probably has the best vaccination law in the nation. Good job, representatives. Birdbrains. Bill status and text.
(3) (a) A letter of exemption from vaccination or a letter limiting the number of vaccinations for medical reasons that meets the requirements of this subsection written on the stationary of a physician may be * * * presented to the school on behalf of a child * * * by the child's parent or guardian.
(b) To claim an exemption from a required vaccination for medical reasons, the parent or guardian of the child must present a letter written on the stationary of a physician (M.D. or D.O.), who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States and who has examined the child, in which it is stated that, in the physician's medical judgment and opinion, the required vaccine is medically contraindicated or poses a significant risk to or would be injurious to the health and well‐being of the child or any member of the child's household. Unless it is written in the letter that a lifelong condition exists, the letter of exemption is valid for the duration of the child's attendance in the school district....
(c) If a letter of exemption from vaccination or letter limiting the number of vaccinations meets the requirements of this subsection, the opinion of the physician who signed the letter of exemption is final and may be not contradicted or rejected by the local health officer or the State Department of Health, and the school to which the certificate is presented must accept the letter of exemption.