The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services building in Helena. 

Montana health officials want to create a religious exemption from routine vaccinations for kids and staff members in childcare facilities and children in certain foster homes. 

Under the two proposed administrative rule changes, parents, guardians, and childcare staff could submit a notarized affidavit that says being vaccinated against diseases such as polio, measles, and whooping cough goes against their religious beliefs or practices. The childcare measure also would delete an existing requirement that unvaccinated kids stay away from a facility if someone there has contracted a disease against which they are not completely immunized.

The state regulations for foster families currently say all children living in a foster home, other than the foster child, must be immunized against 11 diseases unless they have a medical exemption. The proposed change would add a religious exemption to the medical exemption.

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