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The PCMS School Health Public Health Committee comprises representatives of the Society and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department as well as all the school nurses from across Pierce County.  Those nurses continue to stress that it helps them perform their duties and helps schools get off to a strong start in the fall if physicians and PAs reach out to their patients about immunizations sooner rather than later over the summer.  They also suggest that practices conduct immunization clinics or fairs to help get those shots taken care of before busy family schedules push up against the start of school in the fall.  



For those interested in the details of the new State of Washington law regarding eliminating exemptions for MMR immunizations that goes in to effect on July 28, here are some resources from the state Department of Health...



Quick Facts:

https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Schools/Immunization/ExemptionLawChange



Frequently Asked Questions:

https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Schools/Immunization/ExemptionLawChange/ExemptionLawFAQs



Updated DOH Certificate of Exemption just released:

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d5749e957e138f53b343997c1/files/15e59fa1-48aa-4db0-b755-c1e74779454b/DOHCertificateofExemption.pdf