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  • Documenting Vaccination

If a patient or parent refuses recommended vaccinations, is it necessary for them to sign a refusal form, or is the provider’s documentation sufficient?

There is no federal law requiring such documentation. Several major medical organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, have stated that healthcare providers may decide it is in their best interest to formally document a parent’s refusal to accept vaccination for their (minor) child. To read a discussion on this topic and to access a prototype refusal form, see “Record of Vaccine Declination” that can be accessed at

Last reviewed: June 6, 2023

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