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NC school vax exemption

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
I need to know if anyone in the NC public or charter school system is like me Ivan received vaccines his first year of like and one at 18 months BEFORE I became religiously opposed to vaccination. Now is the time to start school enrollment. Have any of you all had any trouble with getting your partially vaccinated child into NC schools under the religious exemption? Thanks.
post #2 of 27
It's all or nothing. You don't have to let them know you do have some shots. Just say we have NO shots. What they don't know wont hurt them.
post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks. But I read somewhere, maybe here, that the school nurses now have total access to all children's medical/shot records. Has anyone else heard this? For instance, I went to the dentist myself last year. All of the sudden, the hygienist pulled up my old x-rays on her computer. I did not sign anything or tell them my old dentist or anything. She said all records are online now. Also, I took Matilda to an urgent care last year. They had full access to all her medical records as well.
post #4 of 27
My understanding is that NC has a registry for vaccines administered. I don't believe it is accessible to school nurses, only the CDC. One can become "religiously exempt" and have prior vaccines administered. I would not provide any 'vaccine records', only the exemption. They are not legally able to ask you about your religious beliefs. Period.

I would not explain anything. I would reiterate the law only requires a religious exemption. I would not discuss it, as what you explain could create issues.

Wow, it is accessible to schools: http://www.immunizenc.com/AboutNCIB.htm#Registry

G.S.130A-157 - Religious Exemption

If the bona fide religious beliefs of an adult or the parent, guardian or person in loco parentis of a child are contrary to the immunization requirements contained in this Part, the adult or the child shall be exempt from the requirements. Upon submission of a written statement of the bona fide religious beliefs and opposition to the immunization requirements, the person may attend the college, university, school or facility without presenting a certificate of immunization.
(1957, c. 1357, s. 1; 1959, c. 177; 1965, c. 652; 1971, c. 191; 1979, c. 56, s. 1; 1983, c. 891, s. 2; 1985, c. 692, s. 2.)


post #5 of 27
You are allowed to have a religious epiphany at any point in time. You just had yours after your child had some vaccines. As long as you don't plan on having anymore that might end up on the registry and blow your exemption, then the past is the past and you are now religiously opposed.
post #6 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much! Yes, I had my religious epiphany at 18 months and he has had none since and his baby sister has had zero. That should present itself as clear if anyone digs. I printed out the nice neat exemption law/form combo
post #7 of 27


Edited by maotmsmi - 5/21/11 at 12:36pm
post #8 of 27
We had no trouble with our exemption form. DS was vax'd the first two years of life. I registered with the base school when the time came and simply submitted my letter with all the other paperwork. I did NOT submit or mention his partial record. Our base school staff did not bat a lash, just read the exemption quickly and filed it with the rest.

That was two years ago and now DS is in the middle of his Kindergarten year at a magnet school (not the base school). No questions at all. I was a little worried with the H1N1 hysteria but so far our school has been a) informing people of where/when to get the shot and b) to stay home with any signs of symptoms and give the child enough time to fully recuperate.

I've been boosting his immunity and ours with natural alternatives and so far, so good!

post #9 of 27
I just registered my oldest daughter at our base school last week. When she took my exemption letter she asked if it was for all vaccines. I wasn't exactly sure what she meant by that, but wasn't willing to take any chances, so just said yes. Similar to some of you, dd was fully vaccinated up until 2, nothing after and younger dd hasn't had any. She didn't say anything else, and filed the letter with everything else, so I guess we're good.

What magnet are you at luv2eatamango? I'm going to apply for Poe this week.
post #10 of 27
We are at AB Combs
post #11 of 27
We had no troubles either. I printed a standard religious form I got off this board and they never even mentioned it. You do still have to have a school physical though and they will ride you until you get that turned in.
post #12 of 27
Originally Posted by aminasmom View Post
It's all or nothing. You don't have to let them know you do have some shots. Just say we have NO shots. What they don't know wont hurt them.
I don't think that it is all or nothing. Some only have an objection to certain vaccines, ie those that contain aborted fetal tissue. I agree though that giving the school more information than they need is not necessary.

It is sad that NC does not allow you to opt out of the registry. In FL they did.
post #13 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much for all the replies!
post #14 of 27
Thread Starter 
Registered today. She took my form, smiled, and put it in his file.
post #15 of 27
Originally Posted by delaneymom View Post
What magnet are you at luv2eatamango?
We're having a good first year at Powell GT Magnet.
post #16 of 27
Originally Posted by aminasmom View Post
We are at AB Combs
pm if you want (I don't want to hijack the thread), but are you having a good experience?
post #17 of 27
My stepson was fully vaxed up until he came to live with us full-time (when he was four). We had some trouble with a nurse who was misinformed about vaccination laws (she said there were no exemptions for vaxes in nc ) and we had an attorney write up a letter explaining the laws. (Which IS that you can change your mind at any time concerning religious exemp) Everything worked out fine. Good luck!
post #18 of 27
Does it work for colleges as well? Just wondering
post #19 of 27
Originally Posted by birthpartner View Post
Does it work for colleges as well? Just wondering
Any public schools, yes. Those which accept government funding in any way, per my understanding.

post #20 of 27
Does anyone have any exact wording for state law regarding all or nothing? My 3 dd's are entirely unvaxed. Ex and new wife want to partially vax children now that they are almost 6 and 9. I informed them of the all or nothing thing and we do use a religious exemption for our public school. They had not heard of that and didn't realize that the girls would need the entire schedule. So I'm looking for some specific wording about not being able to use the religious exemption if you begin partially vaxxing. Thanks!
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