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Vaccination exemption in Texas

post #1 of 15
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I've been researching vaccines as I've never been very comfortable getting them for my kids. My older 2 kids are up to date according to the Canadian schedule which doesn't include several vaccines that are required here. I do not want them to have to "make up" all the shots that they haven't had. I'm thinking of not getting any more shots for them and either selectively vaccinating my yet-to-be-born or not getting any for her. I looked up the exemption form for Texas and it seems to be fairly straightforward, just file the paperwork and no problem. What I'm wondering is is this an all or nothing exemption? Or can you get some of the shots and not others and still file for exemption? Has anyone been there and done that and can give me some advice? Thanks.
post #2 of 15
TX is one of the few states where you CAN pick and choose and still use the exemption

-Angela
post #3 of 15
i'd love some advice on that too... ds is mostly vaxed, but there are a few i refuse to give him, like the chicken pox vax for onr
post #4 of 15
yeah its really easy. the form has each childhood vax listed and you just check which ones you dont want.

if he had some and not others, i might be inclined to just check them all and not worry about turning in the little chart that says what he had already. 2 forms seems stupid and more work than necessary to me...

they make it really easy, just get the form notarized and turn it in! and most day cares and schools are familiar with it. i expected to run into trouble but i havent yet!
post #5 of 15
It really is as straightforward as it seems
You can choose conscientious or religious exemption and vax as you see fit.
My DS received one shot, and DD none.
TX is great in this regard.
post #6 of 15
can i find the form online?
post #7 of 15
Are you in TX? It's a different form for every state.

-Angela
post #8 of 15
Texas has the form online. Just google Texas vaccine exemption form and you should find it relatively easily.
post #9 of 15
You have to actually send in your kids info, you can request up to 5 forms per kid, and each one is good for 2 years from the date is is notarized. You can send a request for the forms in writing or online. Online takes about 2-3 weeks to recieve, writing in takes 6-8 weeks in my experience. I wrote in for 5 for each of my kids, waited three weeks, freaked out that it was taking so long and filled out the form online, I got two sets, so we're set for the next 20 years =D
The little info sheet they send along with the forms is quite condescending, but all in all, it's pretty easy to claim an exemption here.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by JessicaTX View Post
The little info sheet they send along with the forms is quite condescending, but all in all, it's pretty easy to claim an exemption here.
It really is, and me being the way I am, I added a little disclaimer of my own.

The form had a bit about understanding the risks of NOT vaxing, so I hand write a little asterisk and added that I fully understand the risks OF vaccinating my child. : No one blinked, but I knew the DCP was like-minded so it wasnt a risk. If I were unsure I would have just grumbled and left well enough alone.
post #11 of 15
i got mine in less than a week... looks super simple, so im glad.

thanks for the help
post #12 of 15
Hope you've gotten your forms by now. Be sure to realize they're only good for 2 years - you'll have to get a new form notarized at that point.

Also, not sure if it will affect you or not, but the Diocese of Austin (all Catholic schools) does not accept the philosophical exemption (blue form). They only accept a medical exemption, which are harder to get and need to be renewed annually. Unfortunately this is their legal right (to refuse the exemption form) as a private school. There may be other private schools who choose to not accept the state exemption form. I've never had trouble at the daycare/preschools we've used.
post #13 of 15
The state replies with a form on which you have to check off which vaccine you want to exempt from before you sign at notary, and then you present / give copy of that to whomever necessary.
Texas based pro vaccine choice sites: http://vaccineinfo.net/

http://www.vaclib.org/exempt/texas.htm

http://www.vaclib.org/exempt/texas.htm#letters

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize...chool_faq.shtm

National pro vaccine choice site: http://www.nvic.org/
post #14 of 15
I will add that whenever I turn my kids vax exempts in, I have the person I give them to stamp and sign it (reception, nurse - whoever) and make a copy and give ME the copy and have them keep the original. That way, there's not "oh, we didn't get it" nonsense later on.

FWIW, my oldest only had a few shots and my youngest has never had any. We've never had one bit of trouble with the vax exepmt forms in school.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by InstinctiveMom View Post
I will add that whenever I turn my kids vax exempts in, I have the person I give them to stamp and sign it (reception, nurse - whoever) and make a copy and give ME the copy and have them keep the original. That way, there's not "oh, we didn't get it" nonsense later on.

FWIW, my oldest only had a few shots and my youngest has never had any. We've never had one bit of trouble with the vax exepmt forms in school.
By law they are suppsoed to keep the original. My son's school in Fredericksburg, TX tried to give it back to me. Ding dongs. (We had issues with them anyway. Bad fit for him!)
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