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What to say in letter to the school about not vaxing

post #1 of 5
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Here in Maryland I can just print out and sign the vaccine waiver form, but we are moving to Illinois where I have been told there is no such form.  Instead, I was told, you are asked to write a letter stating your religious beliefs and why you do not vax.  I enrolled my dd in a preschool and sure enough they asked me to write a letter.  I asked what needed to be included or if I could simply state "We do not vax due to our personal beliefs."  The school told me they needed more information than that such as what religious institution we belong to and/or what our specific beliefs are that prevent vaccinating.

 

Well, we are not religious!  I hate that our personal beliefs are not enough!  But I am not comfortable out right lying and quoting a bunch of bible verses.    So, what would you say in this letter that would be convincing enough but not lying?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 5

Illinois State Vaccine Requirements – National Vaccine Information ...

If the preschool is private the may not have to accept the exemption anyway.

 

Quote:

State of Illinois Immunization Code for Schools and Child Care:
http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/

 

If a religious objection is made, a written and signed statement from the parent or legal guardian detailing such objections must be presented to the child care facility or local school authority.  The religious objection statement shall be considered valid if:

 

1)         The parent or guardian of a child entering a child care facility objects to the immunization(s) on the grounds that they conflict with the tenets and practices of a recognized church or religious organization of which the parent is an adherent or member; or

 

2)         The objection by the parent or guardian of a child entering school (including programs under the kindergarten level) sets forth the specific religious belief which conflicts with the immunization(s).  The religious objection may be personal and need not be directed by the tenets of an established religious organization.

 

c)         It is not the intent of this Part that any child whose parents comply with the intent of this Act should be excluded from a child care facility or school.  A child or student shall be considered to be in compliance with the law if there is evidence of the intent to comply.  Such evidence may be a signed statement from the physician that he has begun, or will begin, the necessary immunization procedures, or the parent's or guardian's written consent for the child's participation in a school or other community immunization program.

 

"Just say that you believe God (I personally prefer the Universe, but it's best just to conform to the typical Judeo-Christian thing for the sake of getting it done) created us perfect and you believe that it is wrong and arrogant to believe we can improve upon God's perfect creation. Therefore, it would be a violation of your religious principle's to vaccinate your children."

 

 

State of Illinois Laws on Immunization:
http://www.idph.state.il.us/rulesregs/rules-indexbytopic.htm#IMMUNIZATIONS

 

State of Illinois Immunization Code for Schools and Child Care:
http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/

post #3 of 5
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Thanks Emmeline!  I appreciate the links.  The quote is exactly what the school sent me.  I'm still just really uncomfortable stating that we believe in God or that God created anything as we do not believe that.  I guess there may be no way to get around that...  but it's just so aggravating that we cannot say we do not vax b/c of our "personal belief" as opposed to "religious belief."  This is so strange to me in this country.

 

Anyway, any other creative ideas to sound religious without actually blatantly talking about God?   I was thinking something along the lines of:

 

"We adhere to the personal belief that vaccinating goes against the natural order as it was created."   You know, throwing around the words "natural" and "created" in an attempt to sound religious...?

post #4 of 5

I would not use the words "personal belief" a that is the wording used with philosophical exemptions.

 

You could try:

 

"We adhere to the belief that vaccination goes against the natural order as it was created, and that it is wrong and arrogant to believe we can improve upon this perfect creation. Therefore, it would be a violation of our beliefs to vaccinate our children."

 

but be prepared that they may ask for more explicit language.
 

 


Edited by Emmeline II - 6/12/11 at 8:23am
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks again for all your advice, Emmeline!   Just in case anyone is interested, this is the statement I decided to go with:

 

We adhere to a personal spiritual belief that does not support vaccinating.  We believe there is an energy within all things.  This energy is perfect in its creation.  It cycles, ebbs and flows, and sparks life within us and all living things.  We believe many things can disrupt the perfect balance of this energy.  We attempt to preserve the natural balance with our actions and lifestyle choices.  Invading the body with impurities like vaccines is one of the ways this balance is disrupted.  Most modern medicines and treatments must be avoided.  With study comes an understanding of what is restorative and what is destructive and it is a spiritual process to become more in tune with and in balance with this universal energy.  Therefore it is vital that we do not vaccinate.

 

I do believe this from more of a science base along with a certain spiritual wonder.  I tried to make it sound as religious as possible.  I'll update when I find out  of the school accepted it or not. 

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