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Immunization Information for Families

Immunization resources and requirements for school attendance.

About Immunizations

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Immunizations protect children from serious illness. Studies show they are safe and effective in helping children stay healthy. The protection of vaccines far outweighs the small risk of serious complications. Most childhood vaccines are 90-99% effective in preventing disease. 

Where can my child be vaccinated?

Vaccines can be obtained through:

Requirements for Attendance

Each year the New Mexico Immunization Coalition determines immunization requirements for students attending school. These requirements may change from year to year based on recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Per APS policy JF- Student Enrollment Requirements, the student and/or parent/legal guardian shall provide the district with evidence that the student is in compliance with immunization requirements under New Mexico state statute. 

Requesting Exemptions

New Mexico law allows for two types of exemptions for children seeking exemption from required immunizations to enter school. These two exemptions are medical or religious.

Parents must submit an approved Certificate of Exemption Form in order to register their child without proof of current vaccinations.


  • Questions about required immunizations for school attendance: Check with your school's health office staff.
  • Questions about the possible side effects of certain vaccines: Contact your child's healthcare provider.

NM Immunization Requirement for School Attendance - The NM Vaccine Advisory Committee determines required immunizations for students in order to attend school.