TITLE 77: PUBLIC HEALTH
CHAPTER I: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
SUBCHAPTER k: COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CONTROL AND IMMUNIZATIONS
PART 695 IMMUNIZATION CODE
SECTION 695.30 EXCEPTIONS


 

Section 695.30  Exceptions

 

a)         The provisions of this Part shall not apply if:

 

1)         The parent or legal guardian of the child objects to the requirements of this Part on the grounds that the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with his or her religious tenets or practices, or

 

2)         A physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, an advanced practice nurse or a physician assistant states in writing that the physical condition of the child is such that the administration of one or more of the required immunizing agents is medically contraindicated.

 

b)         If a religious objection is made, a written and signed statement from the parent or legal guardian detailing the objection shall be presented to the child care facility or local school authority.  The religious objection statement shall be considered valid if:

 

1)         The parent or legal guardian of a child entering a child care facility objects to the immunization or immunizations on the grounds that they conflict with the tenets and practices of a recognized church or religious organization of which the parent is an adherent or member; or

 

2)         The objection by the parent or legal guardian of a child entering school (including programs below the kindergarten level) sets forth the specific religious belief that conflicts with the immunizations.  The religious objection may be personal and need not be directed by the tenets of an established religious organization.

 

c)         It is not the intent of this Part that any child whose parents comply with the intent of the Act should be excluded from a child care facility or school.  A child or student shall be considered to be in compliance with the law if there is evidence of the intent to comply.  Evidence may be a signed statement from a health care provider that he or she has begun, or will begin, the necessary immunization procedures, or the parent's or legal guardian's written consent for the child's participation in a school or other community immunization program.

 

(Source:  Amended at 37 Ill. Reg. 13929, effective August 16, 2013)