Marathon County Health Board supports eliminating personal conviction waiver for immunizations

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- The Marathon County Board of Health voted Tuesday in support of eliminating the waiver for personal conviction for immunizations. The 7-1 vote would not affect anything at the county level, but rather inform local legislators of the county’s support.

Currently in Wisconsin, there are three type of immunization exemptions/waivers allowed for students and day care centers. They are: religious, medical and personal conviction waiver.

As of June 2019, Wisconsin is 1 of 16 states with personal convictions waiver. Wisconsin Assembly Bill 248 would eliminate the personal conviction exemption.

A draft resolution states Wisconsin’s percentage of students with religious and medical waivers have remained relatively constant over the past decade at less than 1%, but the percentage of students with a personal conviction waiver in Wisconsin increased from 1.2% during the 1997-98 school year to 4.6% during 2018-19.