Illinois Legislation- Current Bills and Resolutions on Vaccines

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UPDATE: Amendment # 1 filed for HB 2560, new language is underlined; see here; HB2560

HR 144 & HJR 026

House adopts Bellock measure to encourage vaccinations

on Thursday, February 26, 2015
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House of Representatives adopted a resolution Wednesday to encourage the continued use of vaccines for children, adolescents and adults to ensure the safety and health of the citizens of Illinois. The bill, HR 184, was introduced and sponsored by Deputy House Minority Leader and State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale).
“Immunizing children and adolescents helps protect the health of our communities throughout the State of Illinois by slowing down or stopping certain disease outbreaks,” Rep. Bellock said. “I grew up during the era of the polio epidemic, when thousands of children and adults suffered lifelong paralysis. The advent of the polio vaccine virtually eradicated the disease from the United States, as did the vaccines for measles and other communicable diseases.”
Bellock’s initiative comes in response to the recent nationwide measles outbreak, prompting renewed debate over whether vaccinations should be mandatory for children enrolled in public schools. In January 2015 alone, 102 people from 14 states were reported to have measles. The United States experienced a record number of measles cases during 2014, with 644 cases from 27 states reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.   This represents the greatest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the United States in 2000.
“I respect parents who have concerns about the fears of side effects from certain vaccines, and we still have the physical and religious exemption in place,”” Rep. Bellock added. ‘However, encouraging vaccination is critical to public health because vaccines prevent outbreaks and keep children safe.”
Rep. Bellock serves the 47th District, which includes portions of Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Westmont, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Burr Ridge and Western Springs.


The Autism Society of Illinois- Position on Vaccines
We need to make sure that any decision on vaccines be made based on the child’s doctor’s advice. As a Statewide organization our role is to get people to rely upon expert medical advice recognizing that each child is unique and based on that child’s physiological statute.
Professor Mary Holland of NYU has drafted the following statement that we hope will be one that we can all sign onto and rally around:
Vaccine Choice Statement:
The global standard for ethical medicine is prior, free and informed consent to all medical procedures, including preventive ones. Based on this fundamental human rights principle, we affirm the right for all individuals, including parents on behalf of minor children, to prior, free and informed consent to vaccination, which is an invasive, preventive health procedure. We oppose any law or policy that would coerce people to vaccinate against their personal, philosophical, religious or medical beliefs.

State Vaccine Requirements


To Whom It May Concern:

Re:  Religious Exemption 77 Ill. Adm. Code 655.510

In accordance with 77 Illinois Administrative Code 655.510 , we hereby state that as parents, based on our religious beliefs, we object  to the following vaccinations, including but not limited to: diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, (DPT, DTaP), poliomyelitis, measles, rubella, mumps (MMR), varicella, Hib, hepatitis B for our child, <INSERT NAME>.

Our family’s personal religious beliefs prohibit the injection of foreign substances into our bodies. We believe that the Holy Bible teaches that parents are responsible for the care of their children. We believe that we cannot willfully go against the law of God, and fully put our trust in Him for our child’s health.


Vaccines contain foreign substances that are dangerous to humans such as formaldehyde, formalin, aluminum phosphate, ammonium sulfate, thimerosal and many others.


The Bible teaches that we shall keep the blood pure, and keep the seed from being mixed. Obviously, when genetic materials from bacteria, viruses, yeast, animals, birds, and other humans are injected during vaccination, the blood gets contaminated, and genetic changes occur. God warned not to do this. To do so would violate these teachings of the Bible. Our objection is based on our deeply-held religious beliefs.

The rubella vaccine contained in the MMR immunization was developed from cell lines derived from human embryos.  The attenuated virus used to produce the Rubella vaccine (RA27/3) was obtained from an aborted fetus and then cultivated on fetal tissue from another aborted baby (WI-38).

The Chickenpox vaccine containing WI-38, MRC-5 and Hepatitis-A vaccine (MRC-5) were obtained from human babies that were electively aborted.

The Hepatitis-B vaccine protects against a disease that is only transmitted through multiple sexual partners or street IV drug users and therefore usurps our parental authority to condemn such activity in our child. The acceptance of this vaccine promotes sexual promiscuity and immoral behavior in direct contradiction to the teachings of our faith.

The VARIVAX vaccination is cultured on aborted fetal tissue cell lines WI-38 and MRC-5, which were obtained through human babies that were electively aborted. Our personal religious beliefs hold abortion to be against the will of God. “Thou shalt not kill” scripture tells us in Exodus 20:13.

The vaccination of our child violates laws put forth within us by a higher power at the time of conception.

Our personal religious beliefs include our obedience to God’s law, and we believe that we are responsible before God for the life and safety of our child, created by God.






Illinois State Board of Education Data Analysis and Accountability Division – August 2013 Guidelines Applicable to Medical and Religious Immunization Exemptions The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has developed these guidelines to help school administrators determine whether a request for an immunization exemption should be allowed and when a medical objection should be referred to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Medical Exemptions There are two avenues by which a physician may exempt a child from a required immunization. One is a physician statement of immunity and the other is a medical objection (see IDPH rules, 77 Illinois Administrative Code 665.280 and 665.520). A physician statement of immunity or medical objection must be signed by a physician and attached to the student’s “Certificate of Child Health Examination” form. Physician Statement of Immunity (77 IAC 665.280) A copy of all physician statements of immunity should be forwarded to the appropriate regional IDPH Immunization Program Representative, except when a previous statement addressing the same circumstance has been reviewed by IDPH and deemed acceptable. If the circumstance of a physician statement of immunity has not been previously reviewed and deemed acceptable, the student should be counted as “unprotected but in compliance” until such time as the student’s school receives a letter from the IDPH Immunization Program Representative stating that the exemption is accepted. If accepted, the IDPH approval letter should be attached to the student’s “Certificate of Child Health Examination” form and the student’s status should be considered “protected and in compliance.” If the statement is not approved, the school should forward a copy of the statement to the student’s parent(s), informing them that the required immunization(s) must be given and the student is currently considered “unprotected and in noncompliance.” 2 Medical Objection (77 IAC 665.520) Medical objection statements from physicians which indicate an immunization is medically contraindicated are acceptable and should be attached to the student’s “Certificate of Child Health Examination” form. A copy of any medical objection statement that does not specifically state that an immunization is medically contraindicated should be forwarded to the IDPH Immunization Program Representative for review. Statements from physicians indicating a specific medical condition that predisposes a student to a potential health risk if vaccinated should also be forwarded to the IDPH Immunization Program Representative for review. If approved, the school should attach the letter of approval from IDPH to the student’s “Certificate of Child Health Examination” form. If the statement is not approved, a copy of the IDPH letter should be forwarded to the student’s parent(s), informing them that the required immunization(s) must be given. Religious Exemptions to Immunizations and Examinations According to state law (**105 ILCS 5/27-8.1(8) – see Section 27-8.1(8) of the School Code on page 3), a religious objection must refer to each specific examination or immunization for which a religious objection is claimed. IDPH rules (see 77 Illinois Administrative Code 665.510) clarify the basis for religious objections, including that general philosophical or moral reluctance to allow an immunization or examination will not provide a sufficient basis for an exception to statutory requirements. The statutory exemption to immunizations for religious reasons is based on constitutional principles. Parents wishing to object on these grounds are expected to state their religious belief that conflicts with a specific examination or immunization. See Lewis v. Sobel, 710 F. Supp. 506, 512- 16 (S.D. N.Y. 1989). The religious objection may be personal and need not be directed by the tenets of an established religious organization. See Frazee v. Illinois Department of Employment Security, 489 U.S. 829, 109 S.Ct. 1514 (1989). Section 27-8.1 of the School Code does not provide for an exemption to physical examinations or immunizations on non-religious grounds of conscience. A religious objection must be signed and state the specific religious belief that conflicts with an examination, immunization, or other medical intervention. Using forms available on the Internet and elsewhere, which purport to be legal documents and use general language, will not ensure that the necessary information is provided. We recommend that parents be asked to provide an original written statement which sets forth 3 fully the religious belief that is the basis for their objection, instead of relying on a prepared form which may not accurately or sufficiently describe their religious belief. The parent’s statement of religious objection should be attached to the student’s “Certificate of Child Health Examination” form. Questions regarding religious objections should be directed to ISBE Specialized Instruction, Nutrition and Wellness Division, School Health, at 312-814-5560. Questions regarding medical exemptions should be directed to the IDPH Immunization Section at 217-785-1455. **105 ILCS 5/27-8.1(8) Parents or legal guardians who object to health, dental, or eye examinations or any part thereof, or to immunizations, on religious grounds shall not be required to submit their children or wards to the examinations or immunizations to which they so object if such parents or legal guardians present to the appropriate local school authority a signed statement of objection, detailing the grounds for the objection. If the physical condition of the child is such that any one or more of the immunizing agents should not be administered, the examining physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant responsible for the performance of the health examination shall endorse that fact upon the health examination form. Exempting a child from the health, dental, or eye examination does not exempt the child from participation in the program of physical education training provided in Sections 27-5 through 27-7 of this Code [105 ILCS 5/27-5 through 105 ILCS 5/27-7]

Posted Date: February 10, 2015

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Quick Fact: Student or parent who objects to immunizations on religious grounds shall not be required to submit themselves or their child to the required immunizations, if such student or parent presents to the appropriate local school authority a signed statement of objection, detailing the grounds for the objection.  Medical exemptions are also allowed.

Other Resources: Many vaccination and exemption information links are date specific. If the links below have expired, click on the state’s department of health, or immunization program link provided below, as they are likely to provide links to updated information. The General Information link leads to the overview page provided by the state at the time of this webpage’s update and may also be helpful.  Please email NVIC with broken link information. 

K-12 School Information

Higher Ed 

Daycare Information

Vaccination Requirements for Healthcare Workers, Patients, Inmates & Developmentally Disabled

State of Illinois Legislature – see applicable statutes and their hyperlinks below. Visit NVIC’s Advocacy Portal for information on legislation introduced impacting vaccine exemption rights.

State of Illinois Department of Health

State of Illinois Immunization Program

State of Illinois Immunization Registry Information

State of Illinois Immunization Registry Opt-Out Information 

The information contained on NVIC’s web pages is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be medical or legal advice. Those seeking medical or legal advice should obtain the services of a competent attorney, physician or qualified health care professional.  Although NVIC continually updates our website, state laws and rules change frequently and consumers are ultimately responsible for verifying their state’s vaccination and exemption laws and requirements.

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