We are in Ohio so no advise on the exemption.My kids are 11 and 8 so I have thought about vaccines again. I recall a girl getting the varivax at 12 and developing chicken pox encephalitis(sp).Her heart stopped a few times,but she survived and went into rehab to walk/talk. I always think about her when I consider that vaccine. It is a hard choice.The risks are no less now that the kids are older.I was injured as a young adult.My dh was injured as an adult.You just never know.Atleast being older they can express better what is going on,but doctors are still less than helpful if adverse events occur.
I would be more inclined to consider vaccines IF the adverse events listed in vaccines were acknowledge.Sure they acknowledge they can happen,but when they DO happen the doctors will not do anything. I don't want to deal with vaccine related issues.On the other hand you will get a lot of attitude if your child gets a disease there is a vaccine for.No attitude if you do the vaccines,the vaccine failed, and they get the disease anyway.
Whether you vaccinate or not you will need to be prepared with how to deal with the adverse events or the diseases. My mom got diptheria in her 20's and she was vaccinated as a child.
I told my kids to avoid careers that put your life at risk,and forced vacciantion does exactly that.Those that force the vaccines will not compensate you if you become ill from the vaccinations.No,you will just fade away and someone else will take your place in that career slot. Most people just give in to the pressure and hope for the best.
Best of health for your child whatever you decide to do!