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September 17th, 2010, 11:27 AM
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Hi everyone! I haven't been here in a while but we stopped vaxing after my son was already 2, and shortly after my daughter was born, so both of my kids have had some but not all. I wish I'd never vaxed at all and really researched more before, and not let the "professional medical opinion" sway my choices.

Anyway, now my son is almost 4, and is in preschool. The state requires that the kids be vaccinated including the flu shot unless there are medical or religious reasons not to. The only shots he is behind on are Hep and HIB as well as having to get the flu shot.

I am so torn. I whole heartedly do NOT believe in the Flu shot, especially now that it includes H1N1. I feel like I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place. I have thought about home schooling for many reasons, this just being one of them. But he is enrolled in preschool and he likes it. It gives me a break and I'm hoping it will help with his socialization and possibly his listening skills. (I know, high hopes as far as the listening skills go...lol)

What would you do? I don't want him to miss out on school but I also don't want to compromise my beliefs or the safety of my child to keep him in. AGH! So hard sometimes to feel like you are doing the right thing.....
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September 17th, 2010, 02:29 PM
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Fill out the religious exemption form! It doesn't mean that you have to be a member of a church or anything like that. The religious exemption simply means that it's against your personal religious beliefs. You're also not asked to specifically spell out what is against your religious beliefs.

I don't have the password to the private forum right now, but if I did I would copy & paste you the exemption that I used. Perhaps someone who does have the password can find my thread and copy/paste the exemption form in this thread for you, you can copy/paste it into whatever word program you use, change the code to fit your state's code (we can help you with this), print it off, sign and turn it in.

I'm in Indiana. My oldest daughter started kindergarten last month. I turned in the exemption form, and it was no questions asked.
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September 17th, 2010, 09:14 PM
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Awesome! I am going to look into my state's exact policies/wording and try that.

I have to say when I went to the Dr. I was getting SO annoyed with the office lady (guess she is a nurse but she usually works the front desk) and she kept saying well you have to if he goes to school, the state requires it. No S&%* lady, I know that, but there ARE exemptions. UGH. Luckily my Dr. is more supportive!
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September 19th, 2010, 08:05 AM
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Glad you stopped in!

I agree with the above...just fill out the religious exemption....and be done...you dont even have to tell them that you've partially vaxed...just let them know you aren't vaxing at all now. And leave it at that.

Good luck! And HUGS about the dr.appt....I'm so glad I dont have to deal with that from the dr office.

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We aren't to give a baby milk, berries, or peanut butter. We are to introduce new foods one at a time. But it's OK to inject several viruses, bacteria, aluminum, formaldehyde, phenoxyethanol, animal serum, mercury, squalene and more into an 8 week old? I don't think so.
In order to be healthy it is an unfortunate fact that people must be allowed the opportunity to be ill. I trust my body and those of my children to work correctly against the relatively benign diseases they vax for, and do not trust the ingredients in the vaccinations.
Our choice to not vax isn't based in ignorance, poverty, conspiracy theory and rumor. It's research, common sense, fact and evidence based..something the medical community has largely forgot about.
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