Dealing with requests for vaccination exemption
There are few valid reasons to sign an Immunisation Medical Exemption form. It is important that general practitioners (GPs) understand what these are, and how to manage common vaccine concerns that may contribute to exemption requests.
'To sign or not to sign: dealing with requests for vaccination exemption' written by Dr Frank Beard and Dr Nicholas Wood of NCIRS and published in Medicine Today (April 2017, Volume 18, Issue 4) is a guide for GPs on what the true medical contraindications to vaccination are and what constitutes adequate evidence of natural immunity. It is also offers practice points on how to recognise and manage common concerns, including those about adverse events after vaccination, that may contribute to parents’ requests for completion of exemption forms.
Please note: Since this article was written, relevant legislation has been amended so that now, in addition to GPs, the following practitioners are able to notify a medical exemption to vaccination to the AIR:
- public health physicians;
- infectious diseases physicians; and
- clinical immunologists.
Last updated 12 February 2018