Originally Posted by sleeveless
Can anyone clarify exactly what is needed in an IL religious exemption letter?
Please, please give examples. The Illinois Vaccine Awareness Coalition website is out of date. It does not include the latest memo to school districts from the state health department.
I read the new memo from the state health department, and it says
"A religious objection must
set forth the specific religious belief which forbids the specific
examination, immunization or other medical intervention."
Does this mean I must detail my religious objection to MMR, Hib, Polio, Varicella, DTaP and Hep B individually?
I object to injecting impure substances into my child's perfect and pure body, created by God. Must I state the specific substance (monkey kidney cells and chicken egg cells and mercury and formaldehyde and aluminum, for starters) and then give my religious objection to it for each vaccine?
If I must do this, the letter is going to be pretty long, am I correct?
Where do I find out what substances exactly are in each vaccine??
Also, I object to TB tests, which inject toxins into my child's body. Must I include this in a vaccine letter? Or do I have to write a separate letter for TB?
Thanks very much for help, any and all of you. I have two weeks to pull this together, and my anxiety level rises each day. The schools in our district are getting more strict, as is the state. I think the Swine Flu scare is making them all crazy!!
Here's a link to current (as of 2009
) requirements: http://www.nvic.org/Vaccine-Laws/sta.../illinois.aspx
Honestly, I think you may be stressing yourself out needlessly. I've never met anyone IRL who has used the religious exemption and had a problem. As far as detailing each vaccine, I believe what they're looking for is not a list of the ingredients, but rather a list of the vaccines themselves, so that as more are added to the requirements, you are then obligated to submit another letter. They give excellent, acceptable examples of letters over at IL Vax Awareness, such as:
To whom it may concern:
As (a) parent \s, based on my\our personal religious beliefs,
I \we object to the following vaccination , including but not
limited to, DTaP\DTP, HepB, Hib,
MMR, Polio, Varicella, for my\our child___________________.
State your personal religious beliefs. The following words are acceptable to the Illinois Department of Public Health:
I hope that helps some! Goodness knows no one needs any added stress these days. Good luck.