The Mississippi Department of Health has denied 23 applications for vaccine exemptions over the last five years. However, the department told JJ that all applications submitted by Mississippi-licensed doctors were approved. The number of requests and exemptions have more than tripled in five years.
The Department of Health's medical exemption policy: In order to enroll in any public or private kindergarten, elementary or secondary school in Mississippi, a student must provide the school with a Certificate of Immunization Compliance (Form 121) or a Certificate of Medical Exemption (Form 122). The child’s pediatrician, family physician or an internist, who must be duly licensed in the state of Mississippi, may submit a letter requesting the medical exemption for their patient to the local public health District Health Officer. The exemption will be granted unless there is a local or statewide occurrence of disease which would indicate that the exemption will cause “undue risk to the community.” The exemption expiration date will be based on the circumstances for the exemption and will be for a minimum of one school year
*The denied exemption in 2015 was due to an incomplete form.
Note: There was recently an outbreak of six cases of mumps at SUNY in New York.